Thursday, July 21, 2011

Staying Ahead of Stink Bugs

Cloudy spot - caused by stink bug feeding
Stink bugs and their cousins, the leaf footed bugs, are common pests on many fruits and vegetables in the southeast. Gardeners most frequently notice these pests on tomatoes, where their feeding injury causes hard yellow spots to form just under the tomato skin, a condition known as cloudy spot. 

Populations of both of these difficult to control insects build up over the season, peaking in late summer and early fall. Control efforts taken now will help you stay ahead of these malodorous pests. 

Adult Green Stink Bug
 Learn more about how to recognize and control these common garden pests - read the rest of the story on the Pender County Cooperative Extension website,
Adult Leaf Footed Bug

If you have questions about stink bugs, or other garden pests, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. In Pender County call 259-1235, visit our office at 801 S. Walker Street in Burgaw (office hours: Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm), or post your questions online using our ‘Ask an Expert’ widget available at

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