Kudzu bugs are little brown bugs that may invade a home for the winter. This article will provide some general information on where they came from and how you can control local infestations.
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Kudzu bugs are being reported throughout the southeast and have made the “invasive species” list for many states. This means they’re prolific, problematic and have some kind of economic impact.
KUDZU BUG BIOLOGY
Known as the Bean Plataspid, kudzu bugs are native to India and China. The kudzu bug’s scientific name is Megacopta cribraria and in it’s home country, they thrive on just about any plant commonly found in the yard or garden but seem especially fond of kudzu. Not surprisingly, states with abundant supplies of kudzu seem to have the most activity.
KUDZU BUG INVASIONS
Since kudzu bugs overwinter or hibernate when it gets cold, they seek safe harborage for the winter on anything warm they can find. Houses make excellent places of refuge which is why so many homeowners are seeing them. Expect to see them begin accumulating anytime between spring and fall.
When found in the spring, kudzu bugs will be leaving the home for the upcoming warm months. When seen during the summer on the home, they are using the home as a nest site. And when found on the home in the fall, they are gathering to use the home for safe harborage for the upcoming cold of winter. The following video shows what they commonly do once they start invading the home:
KUDZU BUG SPRAY
To keep them off the house, treat the siding of the home with MAXXTHOR EC. It work’s fast and should knock out the activity immediately. Cypermethrin is highly repellent which should keep them away and off the home for several weeks. Retreat as needed which will probably be a couple of times a month. This could be needed anytime from March through November.
Mix 1 oz of Maxxthor per gallon of water into any standard PUMP SPRAYER and expect to get about 500 sq/ft of coverage on the homes siding per gallon.
ORGANIC KUDZU BUGSPRAY FOR THE YARD and GARDEN
If you’re finding them in your vegetable garden, go with the best organic option we know called MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER. It’s safe enough to use daily if needed but in general, 1-2 treatments will take care of kudzu bugs for at least a few weeks. Kudzu bugs eat plants and LOVE garden veggies so they’ll target many crops commonly grown around the home. If you’re finding them on property close or on the home, its just a matter of time before the garden becomes their dinner.
Mix 6 oz of Multi Purpose per gallon of water and expect to get about 500 sq/ft of coverage per mixed gallon of spray. Treat once a week until the bugs are gone.
BEST KUDZU SPRAY FOR INSIDE THE HOME
If you start seeing inside the home, treat with FS MP AEROSOL. This spray is fast acting, highly repellent and lasts two weeks when applied in the home. Focus treatments around points of entry like windows, doors and other cracks or crevices where you see them landing or hiding.
FS MP comes with a handy straw tube for injecting it to cracks where kudzu’s like to hide.
Kudzu bugs are a relatively new pest here in the United States but they appear to be here to stay. To keep your home bug free, treat the outside before they get it scented and marked which will no doubt attract more.
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