Kudzu Bugs – Killing With Insecticide

Q: I cannot take it any longer, those little kudzu bugs are driving me out of my mind! There are thousands. They are in my hair, bed and everywhere. If I cut out my wisteria, will they just find something else to munch on in my yard?

A: Any garden insecticide will kill kudzu bugs, it just takes repeat sprays since there are always more bugs to take the place of those you kill. Movement in and out of a landscape may take place over several weeks which means several applications (e.g., weekly) may be needed to reduce their numbers. Common home-use products containing pyrethroid insecticides such as permethrin, bifenthrin, or lamda-cyhalothrin are best. Be sure to follow label directions. Making the mix stronger will NOT kill more insects