Stink bugs are those little shield shaped bugs, sometimes bright green in color, sometimes brown. They are known for the awful stench they give off when they are squished.
If you grow fruits or vegetables, especially in the west, chances are good that you have had a problem with stink bugs at least once.
The best thing you can do to avoid having a stink bug problem is to find them where they live. So where do stink bugs live?
In the fall and winter, stink bugs love to live under debris. They will make their home under fallen leaves, little pieces of wood and other debris found in nature.
During the spring and summer months, stink bugs come out from hiding and when they do they will make their home on your plants. They love fruit and vegetable plants and are especially fond of legumes.
This is where stink bugs present a problem. When they occupy your fruit or vegetable garden, they will suck the juices out of the plant or fruit. When they do this, they leave behind yeast that will rot your fruits and vegetables. At the very least, they will leave ugly spots on your crops.
If you want to avoid this problem in the spring, be proactive and start cleaning up all the debris around your garden in the fall. The best thing you can do is to take away their harborages since in this case, it is not an option to take away their food source.
You can also put down a safe, time release, bio pesticide before they go into hibernation. If you do this, you will find that you won’t have an epidemic of stink bugs to deal with in the spring.
When spring comes around and your plants are sprouting you can use a topical pesticide on the plants. EcoSMART carries very effective bio pesticides, some of which are so safe, they are exempt from EPA regulations.
When applying pesticide to your plants, make sure you get a good coating under the leaves. This is where the stink bugs like to live.
Stink bugs can be a major nuisance if you are growing fruits and vegetables but just a little effort put towards prevention will solve most of your problem.