10-10-2014: Fall Marks the Return of Stink Bugs to North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. — With the changing temperatures of Fall, many North Carolina homeowners are noticing stink bugs and kudzu bugs increasing in or around their property.  The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) provides tips to homeowners for handling stink bug or kudzu bug issues.

Both stink bugs and kudzu bugs can become a nuisance for homeowners because they can gather in large numbers once inside a home, are hard to kill and can emit a foul odor if crushed.

To ease infestations of stink bugs and kudzu bugs, homeowners should use the following methods. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the live and dead bugs from a building and throw away the vacuum bag immediately. Make sure all holes and crevices to the outside of the house are sealed and that all window screens are properly fitted to windows to prevent bugs from entering the home or building.

And, contact a professional pest management company if there are questions or for further treatment.  A list of qualified pest management professionals can be found at the NCPMA Web site at www.ncpestmanagement.org.

About Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug is three-quarters of an inch long and is recognized by its brown marbled, armor-like exterior. It originated in Asia and was first noticed in the United States in 1998 and in North Carolina in 2009.  The stink bug has proven to be a nuisance to farmers across the country because it eats virtually any food crop including apples, lima beans, cherries and tomatoes.

About Kudzu Bugs

The kudzu bug, which was first discovered in North Carolina in 2010, is also native to Asia.  It is 3.5 to 6 mm long, oblong and olive-green colored with brown speckles. It has been spotted in nearly all counties in the state. Kudzu bugs become a nuisance once their main food sources, kudzu and soybean crops, die in the fall, and they begin to look for new food sources.

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.  NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.  To learn more about NCPMA, please visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org.