How to repel ticks - plant lavender garlic, sage, and use cedar wood chips as mulch. Keep grass cut around house and animal areas. Ticks like long cool grass to hide in. Also, most ticks are carried by mice & deer so discourage them. Keep Guinea fowl & chickens or ducks to keep the ticks in check!
Squash vine borers - "we put yellow bowls with water in them, around the squash plants, because the borers go for the color apparently and drown themselves." I'll have to collect some yellow bowls from thrift stores for next year.