The harlequin bugs, or stink bugs, are primarily black with brightly colored markings in orange, red, or yellow on the wings. It lays its barrel-shaped eggs in clusters. These bugs pierce the plant and suck out the juices, causing them to wilt and turn brown. If left untreated, the plant will eventually die.
Hand-picking bugs and tossing them in soapy water is one of the best ways to ensure that they are removed.
Another way to help prevent infestation is to companion plant strongly scented plants such as garlic, mint, rosemary, and sage.
Keep area weeded and have insect netting (floating row covers) in place to help prevent infestation.
Plants to Especially Watch:
- Beans (bush and pole)
- Collard Greens
- Summer Squash (Zucchini)