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Bean Plataspid (Megacopta cribraria)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Plataspidae
Genus: Megacopta
Species: cribraria


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Dallas, Georgia
Molena, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Monroe, North Carolina
Beech Island, South Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On May 22, 2013, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This last weekend after the rains it heated up to the mid 80's and with that these Kudzu bugs were swarming so bad I was afraid to open the back door. Haven't notice any damage to my tomatoes yet but give 'em time. I had them last year as well tho not as bad. I agree Sevin dust doesn't do anything to them. Trouble is I don't have any Kudzu around me. Maybe they will go looking for some. This is probably the worst pest yet. Only hope is that they get rid of the other pest...the Kudzu.


On May 15, 2013, Lollishe from Dallas, GA wrote:

We rented a house last year in Greenville, SC while my husband was there for work that had these things literally EVERYWHERE. My children were afraid to go anywhere because we had to run in and out of swarms of them to get in and out of the house! The exterminators (we called 3 different ones) all said there's not much they could do about them, but that it would be bad because they were attracted to the white siding on the house. I was so glad to come back home to GA to get away from them!
Now spring is here and guess what has come with it?! UGH! Luckily our home has cream siding so they aren't all over the house like they were in SC, and our home has a built on garage so no running through them. Nothing seems to kill them (or if it does, they hatch and re-infest quickly, and the ex... read more


On Mar 26, 2013, drgirl from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

Zone 7(b) North Carolina
Last fall these bugs (called kudzu bugs) swarmed our house and neighbor's houses. We had to run in & out the front door to try to avoid them, and even then we'd end up with some on our clothing. The problem is that they can stink and can cause an itchy rash on many people thanks to a chemical they secrete!

They settled in the thousands on my green bean plants and raspberry bush and killed the bean plants before the beans could mature. As the weather turned cold, they settled into every protected place they could find - under leaves, in the bark of our eucalyptus tree, and all over the branches of my artemisia (wormwood), which they attacked and sucked dry. I've tried several pesticides with minimal result. There... read more


On May 6, 2012, Sinfullysweet from Royston, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fighting literally every day to keep these horrible bugs off my fig bush, and my green beans. Seven Dust 5% is not effective against them. Doesn't phase them. Using different pesticides to try to control them against my damaging my garden. My beans are literally covered with thousands of them.

The damage they do is stripping all moisture from the plant to where it looks like it has been scorched (burned).


On Dec 13, 2009, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

November 4, 2009
Statewide Emergency Pest Alert
Please Read and Please Act
In mid- to late-October County Extension Agents with the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service (University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) and individuals from several independent pest management firms filed multiple reports (including physical samples) with the University of Georgia’s Homeowner Insect & Weed Diagnostics Laboratory (Ms. Lisa Ames) and an Extension Specialist (Dr. Dan Suiter) regarding large numbers of insects that had “swarmed” onto the sides of homes and other structures (see photos below). Homeowners often complain of an offensive or bitter smell associated with the insect. Further investigation has revealed that this insect is not native to th... read more