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Kudzu Bug

Actual Size: 3.5 mm to 6 mm

Characteristics: Tiny, squat body that is shiny and olive-green in color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, and they are good fliers.

Habitat: Drawn to light-colored surfaces such as white clothing, cars, or paint. They’re often found underneath tree bark, in house siding, or near gutters.

Habits:

  • Releases a foul-smelling secretion that can cause skin reactions. 
  • Known for infesting and feeding on agricultural products like soybeans and legumes. 
  • Large numbers gather in sunny areas, especially in the late summer or early fall.
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Kudzu Bugs in Kailua Kona

The kudzu bug is a small, shield-shaped insect with mottled brown coloring and a length of about 4 to 6 millimeters. Originally native to Asia, it earned its name due to its affinity for feeding on kudzu, a fast-growing and invasive vine. The kudzu bug has become a notable agricultural pest since its discovery in 2009. It has distinctive, almost square-shaped, hardened forewings with alternating light and dark markings. Kudzu bugs are part of the stink bug family and emit an unpleasant odor when disturbed.

Kudzu Bug Habitat

Kudzu bugs are commonly found in soybean fields, where they can cause significant damage to crops. They are also known to infest leguminous plants and can be found on a variety of vegetation. In addition to agricultural areas, kudzu bugs may seek shelter in homes during the fall months as they look for overwintering sites. They can congregate in large numbers on exterior walls, seeking entry into structures.

Kudzu Bug Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

While kudzu bugs do not pose a direct threat to humans, their presence can be a nuisance, especially when they invade homes in search of shelter. When handled or disturbed, kudzu bugs release an unpleasant odor as a defense mechanism. Agriculturally, these bugs can be damaging to soybean crops, affecting yields and quality. To prevent the invasion of kudzu bugs into homes, homeowners should seal entry points, such as cracks and gaps in windows and doors. If you are dealing with a kudzu bug issue on your property, contact your local exterminators.