Kudzu Bug (Stink Bug)

Kudzu bugs are sometimes referred to as lablab bugs, globular stink bugs, shield bugs or bean platispids. Kudzu bugs were first discovered in Georgia several years ago and have been making their way into the surrounding states.

Kudzu (stink) bugs are usually 4-6mm long

Oblong or trapezoidal in shape

Olive green with brown speckles

Looks like a brown lady bug

Also referred to as “stink bugs” for the smell they transmit when they are crushed

Primarily live in kudzu

Move indoors during cold temperatures or drought

Mainly feed on kudzu but also eat soybeans, beans, peas and other garden vegetables

Smell can be nauseating

Can damage crops by feeding on them

Emit pheromones that attract other kudzu bugs

Along with the pungent smell, they can stain carpet or other surfaces if stepped

Can be annoying for their tendency to swarm people and objects

Remove any kudzu or vines around the home that they could feed on

Keep window and door screens in tact so kudzu bugs cannot enter your home

Caulk or seal all cracks and crevices on the exterior of the home that could be used as an entryway

Use the vacuum to get rid of stink bugs in your home. Immediately empty the vacuum into a sealed bag and put in your outside garbage

Call a pest control professional