With the inclusion of sugar pumpkins in my garden this year, I inadvertently introduced a most unwelcome guest back into the mix: squash bugs.
I waged an epic battle against the insects back in 2010 and it appears that I am destined to repeat that war. Luckily, I think I discovered the little bastards early enough to gain an advantage against them, and, after spending the better part of an hour diligently picking the affected leaves off the pumpkin and zucchini plants; I feel somewhat confident that a spraying of Neem oil will control the population enough to allow me to stay ahead while still managing to harvest an organic crop.
Time will tell.
If, however, it looks like the little assholes are gaining on me, I will rip the pumpkin vines right out of the garden and burn them to cinders. I can buy a freaking sugar pumpkin at the farmer's market and still have a perfectly awesome home-made pumpkin pie come Thanksgiving. I refuse to lose sleep over bugs infesting my garden.
Just between you and me, though, I bandied about the term "napalm your asses with Sevin" while I was in the garden, just to throw a scare into the little fuckers. So, with any luck, the ones I missed while inspecting every goddamn leaf on every vine will heed the warning, pack up their eggs and move on.
One way or another, like I said; not losing sleep over it.