Lately there seems to be a never ending supply of new pests for homeowners to contend with. The newest arrival, most commonly called a Kudzu Bug, is about a ¼ of an inch long, roughly square shaped when viewed from above and is dark brown with light tan spots.
Possessing a strong odor like a stink bug, the Kudzu Bug accumulates around homes in the fall looking for a place to overwinter in a manner similar to lady bugs. In addition to feeding on kudzu, this newcomer also feeds on soybeans and other crops as well as ornamental plants.
To minimize the chance of an interior infestation of Kudzu Bugs maintain exterior screening and weather stripping and keep caulking in good repair. This will not only reduce chances of pest infestations, but also help lower power bills this winter.