Stink Bugs

Posted by Tammy Sons on Jan 30, 2016

A special article should be devoted to stink bugs alone since these tiny insects are becoming more widespread around the southern portion of the United States. The stink bugs that you may have been seeing are from Japan and have come to breed rapidly all throughout the country at an alarming rate. Stink bugs are now a common sight everywhere during the spring, summer and fall months and they can be seen in your house and all throughout your garden. They care called stink bugs since they give off an unpleasing aroma that is hard to get rid of.

If you are a gardener, you may want to keep a lookout for the presence of stink bugs since they are known for eating leafy, green plants. If you have a heavy infestation of stink bugs in your local area there are ways to keep them away from your garden. Stink bugs also spread yeast spot disease and when it comes to growing plants no form of mold, yeast or fungus should be anywhere near your plants. They also feed on seeds so be careful if you are starting a new garden. They also attack all kinds of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, beans and pears.

To prevent stink bug infestation, start with pulling out any weeds which are a breeding ground for stinkbugs and their eggs. Look for plants that are a haven for stink bugs including little mallow, thistle, legumes and blue berries. You can also spot stink bug eggs by picking them off with a gloved finger. Usually the eggs are whitish, yellowish or brown in color. Always wear gloves when trying to get rid of stink bugs since they will emit a foul smelling fluid if feeling threatened. Insecticides are one of the few times where it will not work on a particular garden pest; however, insect soaps that will dissolve the outer layer of any insect. Kaolin clay can also be used to keep stink bugs at bay.

You can also use natural predators against stink bug like parasitic wasps and flies which will swoop in and infect stink bug eggs. Ways to tell if you parasitic insects are getting to insects is to check if stunk bug eggs are darkish in color which means they have been infected for check of ligature or punctures on the eggs themselves. Make sure that predators that naturally go after stink bug insects will not come to harm your garden as well. Friendlier predator insects that will not harm your garden and will still target eggs are lady bugs and lace-wigs.