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Question #13: 
What is that monster in my garden?
Summer is the time of year for Hollywood movie blockbusters involving monsters like the Hulk, Godzilla, and Aliens to come to the big screen. Monsters that crush buildings and flatten cities, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Who knew that a moth could be just as destructive in our own little backyard garden world. 

Unfortunately, many of you may have already encountered this "backyard garden monster", who flattened your squash plants and crushed your long awaited dreams of summer squash casserole in the span of only one day. This "backyard garden monster" is, in reality, a moth called the Squash Vine Borer, and as most movie heroes say "Have no fear!", there are ways of preventing their destruction.

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