New Invasive Species in Maryland


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kudzu bug in maryland

What is a Kudzu Bug? 

Kudzu bugs are an invasive species from Asia. They were first spotted in Georgia in 2009, and have made their way into Virginia and Maryland. The Maryland Department of Agriculture has recently issued a warning regarding these pests. So far, the bug has been found in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George's, Saint Mary's, and Talbot counties.  


Size: 3.5 to 6 mm long 

Color: Olive Green with Brown Speckles 

Shape: Round 

Defense: Smelly Odor 

Where Are They? 

Kudzu bugs typically thrive on kudzu vines, which is where almost all of the ones in Maryland have been found. However, they also love soybean plants. The Maryland Department of Agriculture has warned farmers about the potential for Kudzu bugs to ruin soybean crops.  

How Do I Get Rid of Kudzu Bugs? 

The impact of kudzu bugs will be similar to that of stink bugs in the area. Just as many homeowners experience frustrations over stink bugs finding their way inside, they will likely experience the same situation with kudzu bugs. If you find a kudzu bug in your home and squish it, it may stain surfaces and cause skin irritation. Whenever a kudzu bug is touched, poked, or squished, they emit a nasty odor. Therefore, it is best to vacuum these critters up. It is recommended to place them in hot, soapy water after being vacuumed up .  


If you have concerns about Kudzu bugs around your home, or think you might have an infestation on your hands, look no further than the experts here at American Pest. Our technicians pinpoint entrance points these bugs are using, and know how to seal them out for good. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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