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Kudzu bugs invade South Carolina

May 11th, 2012

Kudzu bugs invade South Carolina

Kudzu Bugs

CAROLINA FOREST, SC – Thousands of tiny insects are invading South Carolina. The pests look like lady bugs but they are called Kudzu bugs. Researchers said there are swarms of them appearing throughout the state. Over the past two weeks, natural resources agents said they have recieved more than 120 calls about the Kudzu bugs.

By: Brie Jackson | SCNow

Thousands of tiny insects are invading South Carolina. The pests look like lady bugs but they are called Kudzu bugs. Researchers said there are swarms of them appearing throughout the state. Over the past two weeks, natural resources agents said they have recieved more than 120 calls about the Kudzu bugs.

Carolina Forest resident, Marilyn Maloney was grooming plants in her yard when she noticed the Kudzus.

“These bugs kept landing on me and I looked up at the Wisteria and it was just covered with clusters of the Kudzus” said Maloney.

South Carolina natural resources agents first noticed the Kudzu bugs last year. Since then, the population has grown. Landscapers said the warmer winter temperatures brought insects out earlier this year.

“I’ve seen the Kudzu bugs all over the place,” said Brad Cobane, B’Unique Landscaping.

Kudzu bugs are attracted to fig trees, wisteria vines and light objects. They are an invasion species and experts said they are not dangerous to humans or plants.

” The bugs are just really a nusiance because they are in such large quantities” said Cobane.

Researchers continue to look for ways to control the growing Kudzu population. Experts said the bugs are mainly in the coastal area including Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle, Surfside and Garden City.

One Response to “Kudzu bugs invade South Carolina”

  1. Although these Kudzu bugs do not present an immediate harm to humans and plants, since they are everywhere they could get in our food and other stuff.

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