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Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus oppositus)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Leptoglossus (lep-toh-GLOSS-us) (Info)
Species: oppositus


No positives
No neutrals
1 negative


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Long Beach, California
Coushatta, Louisiana
Pasadena, Maryland
Huntersville, North Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina

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Member Notes:

Negative live_at_peace On Aug 19, 2010, live_at_peace from Charlotte, NC
(Zone 8a) wrote:

These bugs are quite a pest. They suck sap, mainly from fruit. I found them on my tomato. The adults are difficult to get rid of since most pesticides don't affect them. Hand picking can be effective. I use a pair of large tweezers, jewelry / electronic, not the beauty isle kind. You can make some modified chopsticks, with the rubber band. Some people use a handheld vacuum. If your not using a vac you'll need a container to put them in. You can make a simple and easy handheld trap. Take a small disposable plastic food container, like the kind they sell lunch meat in, and use a utility knife to cut a large + in the lid. You can easily press it open with your thumb, slide the bug in and pull the tweezers back out. You can toss it or leave it until the bugs are dead and dump them out. If they have reproduced and you have many nymphs they can be sprayed off with a jet of water. I haven't tried this but I'm assuming it has to be repeated multiple times. As a last resort, I read Sevin dust is effective in killing them.

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