The kudzu bug—Megacopta cribraria—has swept across the Southeast and become an economic pest on soybeans. Kudzu bugs are most active during the spring when they feed upon kudzu, wisteria, soybeans and many other bean plants.
Clemson scientists are researching cultural and biological methods to control the kudzu bug and working with chemical companies to add the pest to their insecticide labels.
Early research indicates that some insecticides can control the pest, including neonicotinoids and pyrethroids. Additional research is needed to identify which treatments are most effective at various stages in the growing season and under various growing conditions.
For more information about kudzu bugs, visit: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/kudzubugs/.