Is it a bed bug or a Kudzu bug?

|  November 7, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C.—In 2009, a species of shield bug native to India and China immigrated to four southeastern states, causing mass havoc in soybean crops and finding their way into homes.

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control has received a number of calls from residents who believe they have bed bugs, when in fact the pests lurking around their homes are called Kudzu bugs (Megacopta cribraria). Also known as stinkbugs, this particular species seeks shelter indoors and is attracted to bright colors. They can be found on white side paneling and white crown molding. Clegg’s has released the following media statement to educate the public:

“The Kudzu bug has popped up in 42 North Carolina counties since 2009. They multiply quickly, and if you’re not on top of them they will surely be a nuisance. The Kudzu bug doesn’t carry disease and isn’t a hazard to your home, but if you find them in your crops, you will want to call to get the situation under control immediately. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wants to help you identify if you are facing bed bugs or the Kudzu bug:

  1. The first identifier is odor. The Kudzu bug can also be referred to as a “stink” bug, and can leave a foul odor behind.
  2. The second identifier is their size. Kudzu bugs are much larger and easier to spot than bed bugs.
  3. And a third way to identify if you have bed bugs vs. Kudzu bugs is that they multiply quickly.

If your neighbor has a few and you think you’ve gotten rid of yours, they can come back at the blink of an eye requiring professional assistance.”


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