What do kudzu bugs look like?
Adult kudzu bugs grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length and are mottled light brown and green. Their body is square-like, they have semi-membranous wings, and they have beak-like sucking mouthparts. Kudzu bugs use their specialized mouthpart for sucking the liquid out of and feeding on kudzu, other types of plants, and crops.
Are kudzu bugs beetles?
No, kudzu bugs are not a type of beetle. Even though they appear very similar to beetles, they are a true bug. All beetles have sucking mouthparts, while kudzu bugs have piercing mouthparts.
Are kudzu bugs dangerous?
Kudzu bugs are a type of agricultural pest that in very large numbers can be very destructive to crops and other plants. They are not dangerous to people because they do not bite or sting. When kudzu bugs feel threatened or are disturbed, they release a very potent foul smell that can overtake a home and be very unpleasant for homeowners.
Why are kudzu bugs in my home?
During the warm summer months, kudzu bugs are found living outside; but once the temperatures in the fall begin to drop, they gather in large numbers on the sunny exterior walls of homes and other buildings to warm themselves. They then enter inside through cracks and crevices, making their way behind walls, into crawl spaces, and underneath floors where they will remain dormant until the weather warms in the spring, and they move back outside.
How do you get rid of kudzu bugs?
Kudzu bugs enter homes in very large numbers and hide in hard to see and reach areas, making finding and eliminating all of them from your home a very tricky task. At Spencer Pest Services we can control kudzu bugs in your home through our year-round residential pest control packages. Our pest control professionals have the experience and training needed to stop kudzu bugs from gaining entrance into your home. Contact us today for more information about our kudzu bugs control services.
Kudzu bug prevention tips
Along with putting in place a year-round pest control program, there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent problems with kudzu bugs. Prevention tips include:
- Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.
- Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.
- Seal small cracks and crevices found in the foundation and exterior walls.
- Place tight fitting screens over vents leading into your home; seal spaces found around utility entrances.