Updates for Farmers on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs and Kudzu Bugs

Photo from USDA
Many of us dealt with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on our crops and in our homes and gardens last year. You may be finding a few of them around the house right now! These insects are new to the U.S. and can cause devastating damage to a wide variety of crops. Unfortunately, we don't know how best to control them yet.  There are several research projects around the country studying Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, including a new one focused on organic control. Here is an update on some of the research being done and what we know so far: VIDEO.  Here is a link to a webinar that eOrganic recently held giving some of the preliminary management information from the organic project: WEBINAR. And here is a link to the STOP BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG page, containing detailed information from the multi-state project focused on learning more about this insect and how to control it.
Photo from IPM Center NCSU

Another new insect we have to learn to live with is the Kudzu Bug. Like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, the damage caused by Kudzu Bugs can be devastating to commercial crops and gardens. They may also be on and in your homes. Fortunately, they are easier to control than the Stink Bug. Here is a short video about the Kudzu Bug from the University of Georgia: VIDEO (there is a short Dupont advertisement at the start of this video).  Debbie Roos, Chatham County Extension Agent, has also posted a great webpage on Kudzu Bugs with lots of good pictures: KUDZU BUGS.

Contact your county extension agent for more information: NC COUNTY EXTENSION CENTER LOCATOR

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