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Kudzu Bug is on the Attack!

Cameron Huntley - Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Kudzu Bug is on the Attack!

Kudzu bug or Bean plataspids is on the attack in South Carolina.  This invasive insect is flourishing in fields and on houses in some counties in South Carolina.  The Kudzu bug is known for its unpleasant smell.  These insects feed on the steam and leaves of plants. The Kudzu bug has been found on soybeans and kudzu in Oconee, Anderson, Abbeville, and Barnwell counties.  Clemson University researchers are asking your help in tracking these bugs.  The good news is that the kudzu bug feeds on kudzu but the down side is it also feeds on bean plants such as soybeans.  South Carolina has approximately 590,000 acres of soybeans that could be affected.  There are pesticides that can control the Kudzu bugs.  The organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides can be used for control.  The pyrethroid is better for residual control.  Researchers have been able to track the Kudzu bug back to Georgia, but they are uncertain on how it got there.  While it is uncertain how the Kudzu bug will affect South Carolina, it is important to track it throughout our state.  
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