Stink Bugs Cause a Stink for Gardeners
Most gardeners are eager to share a bountiful harvest with friends and neighbors. There is usually enough to go around, but a few greedy stink bugs can destroy an entire crop in a few short weeks. Take precautions now to deter these hungry bugs from devouring the spoils of your hard labor—even in winter.
Identify the Enemy
Stink bugs are easily recognized due to their brown or green shield-shaped bodies. They have markings that vary in color and triangles on their backs called scutellums.
Stink bugs leave blemishes the size of pin heads on fruits and vegetables, including winter veggies such as kale and spinach. Sometimes excrement is also present. The damage is more than cosmetic—the area underneath the depression or blemish may not ripen. Some fruits will turn brown underneath the blemish.
To deter stink bugs from settling into the garden, take steps before the growing season is in full swing. Our … Read Full Post »