EXTENSION CONNECTION: Kudzu bugs attack kudzu — and plenty of Florida plants

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 06:00 PM.

Controlling kudzu near your house will help decrease the number of bugs, but they are strong flyers and can migrate through neighborhoods that aren’t near kudzu.

Natural enemies

Kudzu bugs have natural enemies: generalist predators like green lacewings, lady beetles, damsel bugs and big eye bugs.

Two parasitoids attack them: a tiny wasp that develops in the kudzu bug eggs and a fly that lays eggs in the adult kudzu bug.

The kudzu bug, like other exotic invasive insects, is opportunistic; we have yet to see how many different plants species may serve as a host for this pest.

Jennifer Bearden is an agent at the University of Florida's Extension office in Crestview.

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