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.
- Keep area weeded and have insect netting (floating row covers) in place to help prevent infestation.
Plants to Especially Watch:
- Beans (bush and pole)
- Brussel Spouts
- Collard Greens
- Summer Squash (Zucchini)
- Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)