Kudzu Bug

S. Cory Tanner,
Commercial Horticulture Agent Greenville, Pickens, Oconee & Anderson County

Kudzu bugs, aka bean plataspids, are beginning to invade homes around the Upstate.  These exotic invasive insects first showed up in SC last summer (2010), but are now widespread across the state.  They are of serious concern to soybean farmers as they actively feed on soybeans.  They also feed on kudzu and other legumes.  They are not of serious concern to home gardeners, but do tend to invade homes as the weather cools in the fall, much like multicolored Asian lady beetles.  They are not harmful to people or pets, but they do produce an offensive odor when disturbed, similar to stink bugs.  The best solution is to seal cracks and crevices around doors, windows and other entry points in an effort to exclude the pests from the home.

For more information on the Kudzu Bug see UGA-CAES Extension Circular No 991 - September 2010 and Clemson University's video on how Asian Kudzu Bugs Invade the South.

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