It’s that time again. Since their appearance in Georgia in 2009, Kuzdu (Stink) Bugs have become more and more prevalent among common household pest annoyances. Kudzu bugs are rarely seen throughout the warmer months but then make their appearance in the Fall as they’re trying to stay warm. As the temperatures drop, Kudzu bugs begin looking for places to take refuge to survive the cold winter months, which can be inside the cracks and crevices of your home.
How to Identify Kudzu (Stink) Bugs
Kudzu bugs closely resemble ladybugs, only they are a brown, olive-green color. They’re sometimes referred to as “stink bugs” for the not so pleasant smell they emit when threatened (or crushed). As their name suggests, these bugs are often found in and around kudzu, their preferred food source. They also have a taste for other vegetables, making them a threat to our crops in Southern states.
How to Get Rid of Kudzu Bugs
Since you can’t really control the kudzu bug populations around your home, there are some things you can do to prevent them from coming inside.
- Eliminate any sources of kudzu or vines on or around your home
- Keep doors and windows closed and fix any torn screens
- Seal all cracks and holes on the exterior of your home
- If Kudzu bugs get inside, vacuum them up rather than stepping on them or crushing them – to eliminate the unpleasant odor they emit. Dispose of them immediately, outside of your home.
- If you’re still seeing them, call a pest control company – a professional can identify and correct entry points and treat existing kudzu bugs