Plant bugs

Identification

  • Colour Dark red, black, green, yellow, or orange
  • Size From 4 mm to 7 mm long
  • Also known as Leaf bugs, Grass bugs.
  • Description Have oval shaped bodies and relatively long legs and antennae.

General Facts

Why do I have plant bugs?

Plant bugs, also called leaf or grass bugs, are some of the most common insect pests in North America and like living in areas with lots of fruits and vegetables. In summer, they prefer gardens and orchards, in winter, they move to stream banks, rock piles, and under tree bark. Most plant bugs eat flowers, weeds, and garden plants, especially beans, lettuce, peas, currants, and gooseberries, as well as azaleas, dogwoods, forsythia, and many other ornamental plants. Some species of plant bugs are also carnivorous.

How worried should I be about plant bugs?

Plant bugs damage vegetation and crops, preventing healthy growth and causing discolouration by feeding on and spreading diseases to plants. Heavy infestations may result in plants looking burned. If preventative measures don't resolve your plant bug infestation, you may need to use insecticide. This is best handled by a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent plant bugs invading?

Weed frequently, Trim overgrown vegetation, Watch for plant bug damage, Remove plants that look sickly

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