'Kudzu' bug is knocking on Florida's door, causing uneasiness

02/10/2012 02:54:00 PM
By Vicky Boyd, Editor

The kudzu bug was on the agenda of a video exchange held in mid-September.

Gregg Nuessly, an entomology professor and assistant director of the Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, says he’s concerned about the pest because of the state’s large snap bean industry.

“Last year and continuing this year, they’re feeding on cultivated legumes, so we’re watching this one,” he says about the kudzu bug.

In Georgia, entomologists have seen it on pole and snap beans in homeowners’ gardens, Gardner says.

But he hasn’t heard any damage reports from snap bean growers in southwest Georgia, where the bulk of the state’s commercial green bean crop is grown.

Download an information sheet about the kudzu bug from APHIS at http://1.usa.gov/ puDjVw or from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at http:// bit.ly/om0sLi.

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