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Best Way to Kill Kudzu Bugs and Stink Bugs in the Home

Adult Kudzu Bugs
Jeremy Greene, Clemson University

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A new imported Asian stink bug, the brown marmorated stink bug and  a close relative, the kudzu bug, also from Asia, can be major indoor pest problems in the fall. By now, most of us have had invasions from the Imported Asian Lady Bug Beetle. Unfortunately, the brown marmorated stink bug and kudzu bug, from the same area of the world,  also find ways to get inside houses to overwinter.  And all three can release noxious fluids when they are disturbed. Not only do they smell awful but they can stain fabrics and cause skin irritations, too. If you get these unwanted home invaders, don’t spray them. Inside use a vacuum to collect them and then – this is important, destroy the bag or they will simply walk back down the tube. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.