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Kudzu bug has made its way to Okaloosa County

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I collected a kudzu bug and eggs from a kudzu patch in the Dorcas community.  These bugs are non-native.  They may have a significant impact on agriculture in our county as well as being a nuisance to residents.
Kudzu bugs are a type of stink bug and can irritate eyes and mucous membranes.
Kudzu bugs feed on a variety of plants such as Kudzu and soybeans.  They overwinter in the bark of trees and sometimes try to enter homes to stay warm.
For more information on identification and control go to www.kudzubug.org
For a publication on Kudzu bugs, go to http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN939

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