Kudzu Bug spring emergence delayed, but expect to see a strong return

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

The best method for controlling kudzu bugs is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Check all areas around your home to make sure that gaps and openings in your home, such as around plumbing and AC lines, are sealed. This will help deter kudzu bugs moving into your home. Kudzu bugs have quickly become a nuisance pest in the south but hope is on the horizon. Researchers at NC State University are anticipating the release of a parasitic wasp species that is a natural enemy of the kudzu bug. Though its efficacy is yet to be determined, this may be a viable option for control in the next few years.

Learn more!

Learn more about kudzu bugs and their control from the NC Extension kudzu bug fact sheet, available online at  ces.ncsu.edu. If you have questions about gardening, visit ces.ncsu.edu, where you can submit questions via the ‘Ask an Expert’ link, or contact your local extension center: If you live in Pender County, call 910-259-1238; in New Hanover County, call 910-798-7660; in Brunswick County call 910-253-2610.

 

Sam Marshall is the horticulture agent with the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension of NC State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. 



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