9-27-12: Kudzu Bug Becoming A Growing Nuisance For State

State Pest Association advises homeowners to seek professional advice to treat infestations

Raleigh, N.C.—A small brown bug is making its way across the state and is becoming a nuisance for many homes and businesses.

The kudzu bug, which was first discovered in North Carolina in 2010, is native to Asia.  It has been spotted in nearly all counties in the state.

“Like all pests, kudzu bugs are in search of food.  After kudzu plants and soybean crops begin to die in the fall, kudzu bugs move to find new food sources which means that people may notice the pests in or around their homes and yards as the fall months get closer,” said Lee Smith, NCPMA board member.  “The kudzu bug is becoming a real nuisance for our state’s farmers and homeowners.”

Although kudzu bugs primarily damage plants and soybean crops, they can also leave a chemical substance behind which has been known to cause minor skin reactions in humans.

“These bugs are still a new pest for our state, but the NCPMA member companies receive regular education about them.  It is important to contact a qualified professional pest management company to help treat any possible infestations,” said Smith.

The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) provides homeowners with the following tips for preventing and treating kudzu bug infestations.

  • Seal and Caulk—Kudzu bugs can enter homes through holes in the building or window and door screens.  Homeowners should caulk any holes or openings in the home and should fix any damaged or loose window or door screens.
  • Vacuum—If live kudzu bugs enter the home, use a vacuum to clean up any insects and promptly throw away the vacuum bag.
  • Call a Professional—Contact a professional pest management company to receive a consultation on other treatment options.  If a pest problem is suspected, visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a qualified pest management company.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at:  www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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