Kudzu Bug

(Megacopta cribaria)

Identification

The Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribaria) are small, green insects from the order Hemiptera or the ‘True Bugs’. Like all true bugs, these insects have a piercing/sucking mouthpart that they use to pierce plant tissue to feed off the fluid inside. These insects are small and roughly pentagonal in shape, around four to six millimeters long. Their outer surface is typically a mottled olive green color, and like stink bugs can produce an odor if disturbed. Although this insect was first detected in Georgia in 2009, it has since spread quickly, and it’s presence has been confirmed in 60 Georgian counties, as well as North and South Carolina.

 

Habits

The Kudzu bug is an invasive species, and gets its name from the invasive Kudzu Vine on which it feeds. Although this insect can also be detrimental to soybeans, it is harmless to typical home gardens. Around homes and structures, this insect is considered a nuisance pest, as it will aggregate in large numbers in gardens and on houses in the fall, especially white or light colored surfaces as they look for cracks and crevices to overwinter. If you spot Kudzu Bugs on your home or yourself, resist the urge to squash them. The odorous chemicals they give off can leave unsightly stains on your structure, and can also cause skin irritation.

 

Control

If you see Kudzu Bugs in your home or structure, remember to avoid crushing or squashing them. The best removal option for indoor Kudzu Bugs is a vacuum cleaner. Once they have been vacuumed you can dispose of the bag. Avoid using a vacuum that forces the insects to pass through a motor inside the vacuum, and the odors they release can be difficult to remove and may also cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. If you notice a Kudzu Bug infestation on your outer walls or gardens, call your local Cook’s Pest Control office. Our pest management professionals are highly trained and equipped to deal with your Kudzu Bug problems.

About Occasional Invaders

These pests invade your home or place of business infrequently and their intrusion is typically due to a change of weather. They usually wind up indoors while seeking shelter or just happen to wander inside through open doors.