gddm stink bugs

alan haighAugust 7, 2012

Maybe I should be happy that the brown marmorated stinkbugs haven't materialized as a pest around here yet but the green stinkbugs are horrible enough. They were a problem in my orchard the year before last and they're back and twice as bad as before. This year they are even all over my tomatoes in disgusting hordes.

I guess I'll mix up some Surround when I get the chance but I wish my northeastern climate hadn't apparently transformed into a mid Atlantic one. Has anyone tried the mint and herb based stinkbug poison and repellent? I hate to put poison on almost ripe fruit.

To those of you in the drought plagued parts of the states, please forgive my griping. I realize and sympathize with your much worse situation. But even with water and very good growing weather (after March, anyway) it is an extremely difficult year to bring in crops here as well.

Insect and wildlife pressure is the worse I've ever seen.

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Since we had such a mild winter, the insects here are the
worst we've seen in a long time. I've got the brown stink
bugs, and they've had a good feed on my tomatoes.
I've had to pick cantaloupes before they truly ripen, just to
keep the bugs from ruining them. I've also had insects I've never seen before. So don't feel like lonesome George.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 5:52PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


They are bad here as well...far as killing them...good luck. Adults laugh at poison, they are tough. The only way to control them is to spray constantly to kill the nymphs as the poison will kill them and to clean up any brushy areas. The other good control is ducks or guineas. My ducks chase them down and crunch but it is only a partial fix.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 5:57PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Its no better up here. I'm still seeing the occasional Japanese beetles. Plum Curculio were active from March until June. They basically destroyed my entire plum crop and peach crop. The apples look horrible (mostly PC). The birds attacked everything that wasn't infested with larvae. The heat was relentless in July. No rain for most of the month. Had to hide in the AC for most of the days...

This year was forgettable...I'll just look forward to next year and hope for a little more success.. The tomatoes and peppers, grapes and sweet cherries were all good.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 10:43PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

One experiment I did this year which may have helped was to get several stinkbug traps and put them in a spot with nothing you mind getting eaten. You won't trap any bugs but the bugs fly to the smell of their peers and you will help get fliers away from your fruits. I came up with this idea when I noticed that the stinkers were bugging the fruits closest to the traps when I first put them in the fruit trees this spring. When I moved the traps I stopped finding stinkers in those spots.

I am doing OK on stinkbugs this year, a few asian pears and peaches got pretty bad damage and its minor/spotty on everything else.


    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 9:51AM
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Wonder if squash bugs would respond to the stinker traps. They're related.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 10:07AM
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