The Kudzu Bug
Kudzu bugs are an annoyance and cause serious agricultural pest control problem. These insects are approximately 1/6″ to 1/4″, slightly oblong in shape, olive-green in color and have brown speckles.
Aside from kudzu, these bugs are known to feed on a variety of legumes, including soybeans and other bean species. In July to August, kudzu bugs will move into soybean fields, where they feed on the stems and foliage; and can have a significant impact on valuable crops.
These pest invaders will remain in the soybean fields, and continue to feed and lay eggs, into the fall. However, as temperatures decline and day length decreases, residents should start watching for signs of kudzu bug movement. This is likely to occur around the end of September.
Residential areas near soybean fields or patches of kudzu are more likely to experience a bug control problem, with the kudzu bug. These pests will often congregate on light-colored surfaces (such as siding, fascia boards, etc.) and then move under siding, or into gaps around doors and windows, or through penetrations such as around air conditioning and water pipes.
Kudzu Bug Prevention Tips
Like I mentioned before, Kudzu Bugs may be making an appearance near your home this fall as they move in looking for a place to winter. There are a couple things you can do to help prevent these annoying pests from entering your home.
- Remove any kudzu or wisteria plants that may be around your property the best you can. Kudzu bugs are excellent fliers. If you are seeing them in your home, they likely flew from plants outside of the property area
- Seal up any crevices or cracks that may let kudzu bugs enter your home.
- Use screens. In addition to window and door screens, it’s imperative that the vents on your home have good screens, free of any holes.
Kudzu Bug Control
If you do have kudzu bugs inside your home, it’s important that you do not crush them. Doing so will result in an unpleasant odor inside your home, and they are also known to stain the material in which they are crushed on. It’s best to remove them with a shop vacuum that is filled with hot soapy water. If using a conventional vacuum, make sure it’s equipped with a tightly sealed vacuum bag. Dispose of the vacuumed kudzu bugs immediately.
If your kudzu bug problem is excessive, it’s best to call a local pest control professional.
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Buford, GA 30518
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Atlanta, GA 30318
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Atlanta, GA 30329