Wisteria – Remove Due to Kudzu Bug?

Q: Am I going to have to cut down the wisteria on my pergola to get rid of the massive amount of kudzu bugs hanging out on it? The wisteria is just starting to bloom.

A: I hate to destroy a pretty vine due to the bugs. You can manage their numbers by spraying with any landscape insecticide (Ortho Bug B Gon, Bayer Home Pest Control, Bonide Beetle Killer, etc). Spray thoroughly now, making sure to wear protective clothing when spraying overhead. Inspect the vine in ten days and spray again if more kudzu bugs are seen. You won’t eliminate them entirely but a few here and there won’t be much of a bother.

Kudzu Bug Management

kudzu bug on wisteria

kudzu bug on wisteria