The kudzu bug is a new pest that first appeared in the southeastern United States in 2009. It feeds on kudzu, soybeans, sweet potatoes, green beans, wisteria and various other plants. This dark-colored flying insect measures up to one-quarter inch long. Despite its small size, the kudzu bug can cause a number of serious problems. It harms crops in the summer and infests buildings during the winter.

This adaptable pest frequently enters homes in areas near farms, gardens or kudzu patches. These insects usually gather on the siding until they find an entryway. The bugs don’t bite humans or pets, but they release a strong chemical when crushed. It produces orange stains, creates a very unpleasant smell and may cause blisters. People often find it difficult to remove the stains from fabric surfaces.

Large commercial buildings in cities are not immune to this bug. It has been known to infest office buildings and seek shelter inside computer equipment. This hungry pest also damages gardens and crops throughout the region. The kudzu bug is an invasive species from Asia, so it faces few natural predators in North America. Its dark color and small size make it more challenging to remove from plants.

Some people attempt to exterminate kudzu bugs on their own, but they often achieve poor results. These insects may enter a building in several separate groups. Unlike some pests, they can survive very hot or cold temperatures. The most effective solution is to hire a professional exterminator with experience in kudzu bug control. For more information and a free quote, please contact Dayton’s Pest Control.