BAD, BAD BAGRADA BUG

Some of our longtime readers and local gardeners know that,  during these last few years, we have had some pretty nasty foes invade our garden,  which  devastated our greens at an alarming rate.  The Bagrada bug (also called painted bug or harlequin bug) was first found in North America in June 2008 in Los Angeles County and is an extremely MAJOR pest when  it comes to the brassicas, kale, radishes, cabbage and turnip family.

Bagrada bugs damage plants by feeding on young leaves. A heavily-attacked plant has a scorched appearance. No method of termination – nothing works, neem, nothing! It’s downright frustrating to watch helplessly as  perfectly green and healthy leaves shrivel  up before your very eyes.  Some folks suggest vacuuming (not a bad idea!. ) Aphids are a walk in the park compared to these “vampire bugs.”

We’ve nicknamed these pesky buggers “blood suckers” as these bugs suck the living sap from leaves, which then wilt and later dry/die.

Here’s a “cut and come” kale bed we’ve had growing since November.

… a few days later

Nothing we can do except to cut it down and give the greens to our barnyard animals.

Dr. Gevork Arakelian, entomologist for Los Angeles County,  says this insect “has the potential to become a very serious pest.”  Um, it ALREADY is!

Unfortunately, Bagrada bugs are quite hardy and resistant to most organic methods of control. According to the UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research, the heaviest Bagrada infestations are in “organic farms, community gardens and residential vegetable gardens where little or no pesticides are used.”

If Southern California farmers can’t get a handle on the infestation, this should be a major concern for other parts of the county.  The rapid spread of Bagrada bugs has the potential to be a serious problem for fellow organic farmers.

Has your garden been invaded yet?   Have you found any successful method for eradicating them?

:: Resources ::

Bagrada bug spreads and threatens winter crops
Bagrada bug pest information
Center for Invasive Species

Comments(57)

  1. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    Oh, NO!
    I did not know what I was looking at, but yes: They are here!
    My garden is relatively small scale… between laundry loads
    I am going *vampire slaying!*

    • Adam says:

      My 7 year old son and I for years now have caught and reintroduced canyon lizards(Blue bellies) into our yard over the last few years as a fun activity. After catching bugs from the garden and feeding a few of these lizards we kept in an aquarium , we discovered that the canyon lizards favorite snack over most other bad bugs was the Bagrada Bugs we were picking off our organic kale plants. One lizard will eat up to 6 to 10 bagrada bugs in a 24 hour period. We now have about 15 canyon lizards living freely in our yard and the bagrada bugs have dwindled. We live in Marvista, CA. Hope this helps.

  2. Randi says:

    Yikes! It sounds like the only thing you can do is try to keep them off the plants.

    Maybe you could cover your beds with a fine mesh raised up off the beds with “hoops” like so: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dANBwg_2dqo/SdgsDXWPUwI/AAAAAAAAAS4/fvbWqXPERSY/s400/garden+005.JPG

    Or build a surround like this: http://s467.photobucket.com/albums/rr33/rlyoung4u/Square%20foot%20gardening/?action=view&current=100_0142.jpg&sort=ascending
    but with fine mesh instead of chicken-wire?

  3. jenna @kidappeal says:

    have you tried fertilizing with raw milk or seaweed/molasses? i know this helped my fruit trees fend off aphids by boosting the plants immune system and feeding beneficial soil bacteria. not sure if it would work on garden veg, or if it would be cost effective…

  4. Kimberly says:

    I’m in Texas and haven’t seen these, but we deal with large infestations of leaffooted bugs that will decimate whatever they’re on (tomatoes, beans and peppers are their favorite this year). I can keep everything else under control with neem, but not these. I finally decided to fight fire with fire. When the garden is well watered, I’ve been making a small torch and passing the flame over the bugs (especially clusters of the nymphs). It’s been more effective than anything else I’ve tried.

  5. Cynthia says:

    I am pretty sure these were the same insects that were destroying my pepper plants (especially the poblanos!) in 2005-2006 when I was living in Silver Lake. I sent a picture of them to the IPM Adviser at UCCE-LA and she couldn’t identify them. Now I know why – they hadn’t yet documented their existence in our region! Wow, sorry to hear they are still around.

  6. sofiahomestead says:

    I’m in Oregon and I have seen similar damage on my green chard. I have not spotted that bug though. This year I avoided growing greens in the area where I saw this damage last year and moved my greens to a much shadier/cooler spot with more compost in the ground. This far I have not seen any damage, however, I am battling a couple of millions of slugs instead…

    I know it is madly frustrating to lose crops. Still; it is a lot better than eating veggies that are so poisonous bugs won’t go near them:)

    • Jessica says:

      Hey…slugs. Beerbath! dig a shallow pan (i used pie tins, and they worked perfect) into the dirt, as fill with beer…works great for slugs!

  7. Alice says:

    I have not seen any here in Montana but who knows maybe on their way.
    I remembered that as a kid, there were 6 of us, my dad would give us each a can with some Kerosene in it. Our job for the day was to hand pick as many potato bugs as we could find in a day and place them in the can. We each had to show our can of bugs to dad when he got home from work. No prize for the most picked. Oh yea I have spent many a day in the garden picking bugs, dropping them in a can of kerosene. I guess we were organic more then 60 years ago. I don’t remember any spraying going on for weeds or bugs. The barn was cleaned out and put on the garden. The table scraps went to the chickens or pigs.

  8. hippioflov says:

    So that’s what’s been attacking my broccoli! I have hand picked them and dropped into a bucket of soapy water. It takes them forever to drown. It wasn’t til late in the season that they appeared on the broccoli, so I was able to harvest a lot of broccoli. But the hand picking did help if it was done daily, morning and evening. The upside is that they seem to prefer the broccoli to the cabbage in the next row.

    • hippioflov says:

      Just read some of your links. I guess spaying the plants with my special coffe-ivory soap mix may help.

  9. Jonas says:

    Those buggers are here in Asheville NC in a major way! I have been doing three things. Sprinkling diatenious earth on the leaves. Going around with a jar of dish detergent water and plucking them in. And just plain squishing them. Thinking about doing row covers. It is an ongoing battle!

  10. Flo says:

    Saw your post on fb, and only found this so far, I was trying to find natural enemys of this bug, since it comes from Africa, I thought maybe he doesn’t have any in the US.

    Here is what I’ve found:

    Cultural practices

    Monitoring
    Regular monitoring of the crop is important to detect bagrada bugs before they cause damage to the crop.

    Research in Namibia has shown that control measures should start if the number of bugs/m² in the early growing stage exceeds one. If the crop is past the early growing stage, a higher threshold level of 3 bugs/m² can be maintained (Keizer and Zuurbier). However, note that these thresholds are given as examples. Economic thresholds depend on many factors (crop stage, crop age, and socio-economic and climatic conditions) and cannot be adopted without taking into consideration local conditions.

    Sanitation
    Crop hygiene, in particular removal of old crops and destruction of weeds of the family Cruciferae prevents population build-up.

    Hand picking
    Handpicking and destruction of the bugs helps to reduce damage. This is particularly important in the early stages of the crop. Hand picking is only practical in small plots.

    Cultivation
    Eggs laid in the soil are readily killed by cultivation, so frequent light cultivation (once or twice a week) of the vegetable beds will help in controlling this pest (Keizer and Zuurbier; Horticultural Research Program, Botswana).

    Irrigation
    Watering and overhead irrigation disturb the bugs discouraging them from feeding on the crop. However, note that use of sprinkler irrigation may lead to increase of diseases such as black rot and downy mildew.

    Mixed cropping
    Growing strong smelling plants such as garlic, onion or parsley near the crop are reported to reduce infestations (Dobson et al, 2002).

    Biological pest control

    Natural enemies

    Eggs of bagrada bugs are parasitised by tiny wasps. Bugs are parasitised by flies (e.g. Alophora sp.).

    Biopesticides and physical methods

    Plant extracts
    A mixture of chilli, soap, garlic and paraffin has shown to be an effective control method in trials in Namibia (Keizer and Zuurbier).

    Natural products
    In Namibia there are reports that sprinkling the plants with crushed bagrada bugs repels other bugs. This can be used effectively in combination with frequent soil cultivation (Keizer and Zuurbier).
    Soap solution
    Spraying plants with a soapy solution (bar soap) has been found effective against bagrada bugs. It helps to wash off young bugs (Dobson et al, 2002; Elwell and Maas, 1995).

    http://www.infonet-biovision.org/default/ct/103/pests

    • cara says:

      Great info. I would only add: trap crop. If you have the space grow a bit or their favorite veg off to one side. Leave it untreated to attract the bugs to that area. Then your main corp will be less damaged and the trap crop can be debugged regularly and fed to the animals.
      In early spring here I plant pansies at the heads of the rows of my veggie garden. The slugs love my spring veg but they love the flowers of the pansies better = trap crop. I get my veg and know where to find those unwanted slugs.

  11. Janice says:

    We’ve had our share too, perhaps growing cool-season crops in hot weather is the issue. When the plant is stressed, it gives out chemical signals that tell bugs to come dine!

  12. Jeni Vandall says:

    Darn pest! We have had a major pest problem this year:( We have been battling a what seems like a colony of mice that love to eat on most of our garden….the other is aphids they got so bad that we had to pull some of our cabbage out just so we can try to save the rest of whats left.

    I hope you can combat your pest problems…that is a major loss when you depend on your food for your lively hood and part of your income.

  13. Gigi says:

    I hadn’t heard about the bagrada bug before. I found this about them:

    “Distribution: Bagrada bug is found in East and Southern Africa, Egypt, Zaire and Senegal. The global distribution of this pest also includes southern Asia and southern Europe (Malta and Italy). This pest is only known from southern California and southern Arizona in the USA.”

    I live in the Northeast. Our “new” problem insect is the stink bug. I live near and around the areas that they first invaded. Not only do they decimate crops, especially fruit trees, but they also invade our homes. They are a problem all winter when they noisily buzz around the lights. Really. I preferred the yearly lady bug invasion. I don’t think they are worse than your problem; if they come here, battling both will not be fun.

    *** If we grew and produced more locally, we probably wouldn’t have had the problem. Sigh.***

    “The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from China or Japan. It is believed to have “hitched a ride” as a stowaway in packing crates. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 1998.[3][10] Several Muhlenberg College students were reported to have seen these bugs as early as August of that same year.[6][11]

    Other reports have the brown marmorated stink bug recovered as early as 2000 in New Jersey from a black light trap run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Vegetable Integrated Pest Management program in Milford, New Jersey. [12] In 2002, it was again collected in New Jersey from black light traps located in Phillipsburg and Little York and was found on plant material in Stewartsville. It was quickly documented and established in many counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and New York on the eastern coast of the United States. By 2009, this agricultural pest had reached Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oregon.[13] In 2010 this pest was found in additional states including Indiana,[14] Michigan,[15] Minnesota,[16] and other states.[17] As of November, 2011 it has spread to 34 U.S. states.[4]

  14. Lnda says:

    I just descovered thise bugs on my kale 2 days ago. They are a type of stink bug. I shook them into a container of alcohol, probably quickly had a hundred of them. I only had about 6 plants, right next to onions. I also decided to pull them and give them to my goats and as I did saw hundreds of the little buggers running away. So far haven’t seen them on anything else and will be checking the chard closely tonight.

  15. Lnda says:

    Forgot to say I am in south west San Bernardino county, CA

  16. Ludine Lee-Wright says:

    I had many of these in my garden last summer (in South Africa) and noticed that where there was a calenduly plant nearby they preferred to infest the calendula. So I left the calendula for them to devour, where they were easy to pick off every now and then!

  17. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, I have to agree with Gigi and say it’s a result of not growing and producing locally. I’m not sure how Pandora gets put back in the box. The answer maybe lies in Africa or Japan where the bugs live naturally. So far this year I have not had bug troubles in Eastern Nebraska. It surprises me that bugs are not an issue because of the very mild winter which kills a major amount of the bug eggs. I try to keep my soil in a healthy condition. Growing a garden really does start with healthy soil. Any kind of weak plant I pull and destroy. Just like in the animal kingdom bugs feed on the weakest plants. However, bugs in a new environment without predator control are virtually impossible to control. It seems that our global food transportation methods are beginning to come back to bite us. Hopefully, someone will find a way to control these nasty little bugs before infestation becomes too great.

    Maybe a study of the life cycle would be helpful. I know my zucchini always ended up with vine borers killing the plants. This year I planted the zucchini in July and so far I haven’t had issues with vine borers. I know that doesn’t help for the commercial organic growers but it might help the backyard small garden growers.

    Have the best bug less day that you can.

  18. Earl Mardle says:

    Has anyone tried ducks? I wouldn’t let the chickens in but the ducks might be able to help. If they are stink bug relatives then crop timing would seem to be a partial answer. We try to get our stink bug susceptible crops out of the ground before they become a problem and crush the rest in situ as a repellent.

  19. Ginger says:

    guinea fowl

  20. Deidre in Southeast Louisiana says:

    This year I have had the worst garden ever due to bugs. Harlequin and stink bugs! Neem wouldn’t work, soap sprays wouldn’t work.. they were too numerous to hand pick. Destroyed my kale, chard, and stung my tomato fruit causing it to rot on the vine. I have never even seen some of the bugs that I have had to deal with this summer. Sooo frustrating and disappointing. I am ready to pull everything up and start over again.We had NO winter and I guess that has contributed greatly to the problem.

  21. Julie West says:

    Oh yes, they are here in St Louis. I moved here 6 yrs ago and finally bought an urban house & tiny yard to turn totally garden after 20+ years of gardening in the northeast. I have never experienced so many bug issues. (this is my third year to garden here) These harlequin bugs showed up last year out of nowhere. Mine is the only garden within 2 or three blocks around. Unlike so many other pests around here, ie. the cabbage worm, Japanese beetle, and squash vine borer to name a few, these buggers don’t fly at any stage that I am aware of. They weren’t here my first year of gardening, there was only grass in my yard for the last 80+ years and no nearby garden, so where did they come from? Since adults over winter in the soil, I have two theories. 1: They came with plants I bought at a garden center. 2: St louis has a great program were residents can dump yard waste into bins placed every 2 or 3 blocks, the city collects, composts said waste, then has pick-up points where residents can get free, unlimited compost and mulch.
    Since natural controls are so hard, it seems to me that we ‘organic, natural, urban, whatever gardeners’ need to think about how to not spred these pests.
    For myself, I plan on not using the free compost. I think it has given me more problems and is not always ‘clean’ ie has plastic and other uncompostable waste in it. Even though it seems like a good idea, not every one is concience or responsible about what they throw into those public containers. My statagy to not continue to propagate them in my own garden thus far is any plant that is contaminated with too many to pick off manully, I put in a black garbage bag and set in the sun until totally disinergrated before throwing in the trash. Very young plants seem to be most sucessible, so I don’t start broccoli and the like from seed outside, even for a fall garden. I set out well established and healthy plants. Then I watch. I pick every day, especially looking for small bugs and their eggs which are relatively easy to find on the under side of leaves. They look like tiny white and black striped barrels in groups of 10 or so. In the northeast, I was used to setting out broccoli in the spring, and after cutting the main head, enjoying side shoots the rest of the season. Not so here. The heat seems to bring on these pests, even with my oriental greens as well. I think it is better to harvest while I can, then get rid of any cole family plants for the duration of the hot summer. Though, I did try to use some plants as a catch crop this year to draw them out, then destroy them in the black plastic bags. I don’t know if that strategy has worked yet.
    Well these are my thoughts on these pests. Any feedback will be appreciated.

  22. Rodney7777 says:

    Wrens will eat those bugs. Wrens need a birdhouse with an entrance their size to keep out other birds. My friend Rex says, if you put out a wren house, they will come.
    Wrens eat bugs, day and night, all year long.

  23. Ilona says:

    I’m in Northern VA and these bugs destroyed my 8 kale plants this summer…about a month ago. I was going to start over but perhaps in a different location. Hopefully they will stay away…..so frustrating that I can’t keep them away!!!

  24. Anna says:

    I live in Arizona. Not only did these bugs sting my tomatoes so they rotted, now they’re on my young fruit and citrus trees. I check every morning and hand pick what I can see and put them in a bucket of water and dish soap. I had to wrap my potted plants in mesh to keep out the ground squirriles, but these bugs found a way in. Next year I’m trying a green house with a cooler. Hopefully I’ll get something my family can eat.

  25. Melissa V Rentchler says:

    Bagrada on Alyssum June 2012!

    This is what it looks like:

    http://cisr.ucr.edu/images/bagrada_bug/03_bagrada_bug_cisr.jpg

    Many stages of maturity.

  26. barath says:

    Have you tried Eucalyptus oil? I found that it worked on a particularly nasty bunch of squash bugs and might work on these bugs as well. (I heavily dilute the Eucalyptus oil in water in a spray bottle and hit the bugs with a sharp spray.)

  27. Aimee says:

    This is what’s been eating my alyssum and mustard greens! I thought last year was the year of the “plague” but this year has definitely won. Bagrada bugs, aphids, ants, flea beetles, and another type of beetle that has attacked my tomatillos. I often wonder how people fed themselves in the past when they didn’t have a grocery store to turn to if their crops failed. I love gardening but it sure is frustrating to have your plants/food wiped out.

  28. Aimee says:

    I also forgot the spider mites that killed our bed of potatoes! 🙁

  29. Michelle says:

    Awful bugs….not sure why these were created. However, just wondering if you have garden spiders on your property? Is it possible to capture a few and redirect their attention to the bugs in your garden? These are just thoughts. Never tried it in my own garden. I use the spiders in my house to control the bugs that come in through the cracks of the windows. Good luck…

    God bless,
    m

  30. Patty Pickard says:

    My House Wrens have kept my broccoli free of Everything. Their three sets of kids and daily feeding from dawn to dusk has had an amazing effect on “pests” in my garden. Put a few Wren Houses out in the garden and watch.
    Patty

  31. Dropping in says:

    Saw them for the first time this summer. I thought my alyssum in West Los Angeles were scorched by the recent heat. Nope, bragadas.

  32. Diana says:

    In Oklahoma there is never a shortage of bugs, but I never heard of the Bagrada bug until I read about them on your site. Just in time to watch them suck my squash plants to the ground in a couple of days. Next year I’ll be ready to fight.

  33. ace says:

    Another helpful trap crop may be nasturtiums. I have a few nasturtium plants that are COVERED daily with these little pests — and they aren’t eating anything else. I plant to interplant nasturtiums with my brassicas this winter…hopefully this will help.

  34. Rachel says:

    After I read your post on this nasty bug I discovered my squash was infested, and now my tomatoes. I’ve done some research to try to get a handle on this infestation. I got beneficial nematodes for in the soil dwelling pests and their larvae, fleas, ants and the like, which the begrada bug lays it’s eggs in the soil, and the Red Scale Parasite Aphytis melinus, the parasitic wasp is said to lay eggs in the hard shelled adult bugs, not specifically the bagrada, but it is a type of squash bug so I’m thinking, rather hoping it will work. I’m wondering if anyone has tried this. I don’t want to use chemicals at all. First it was gophers, then squirrels, now these. Argh!!!

  35. Elizabeth L. says:

    I use Diatomaceous earth or “DE” on them regularly here in Texas (where even the bugs are bigger). Seems to be helping. I noticed you guys use DE on your poultry. I haven’t seen a mention that you use it on your garden. After researching, I found that the pool DE is different from food grade DE. Pool DE can be dangerous to humans and should not be used in the garden. I bet you guys have done extensive research on DE. What are your thoughts on using DE in the garden?

  36. Rows says:

    In Santa Barbara. Have seen these guys “connecting” for years, never suspected them of being vampires, but I now see them in excess in the garden, raping my brassicas and to some extent, cucumbers.I am going to try a foliar app of clay. I suspect it will make it harder for the suckers to suck. I will try it on just a few certain plants, haven’t figured out which ones exactly since its high season and low season at once. I know our soils here are low in minerals, deciphering what level of what the plants need to fend off these bugs remains to be seen. Giant whitefly is treated by worm castings, it worked by buliking up the inner cell walls, deflecting the pierce.
    By the way, my newest Kale “Fizz” has not a peck on it. Beauty plants. Strong. Not sure how they taste. It appears they do not flower.

  37. Alan says:

    we have these bugs bad right now and we are also in Pasadena, CA. Our seedlings are getting wiped out. We pluck them and then feed them to the chickens, but yeah we need to try some of these ideas to deal with them. Thanks and keep the ideas that working coming.

  38. Chris says:

    Well, I’m in *Minnesota*, a long way from California, but I’m pretty sure these are the bugs that were eating my zinnias and green beans. (I didn’t have any broccoli or cabbage.) I wish I had taken a picture. I only had a few of them but I had never seen a bug like it before and just a few were so destructive. I kept picking them off. I only saw them when it was hot here, and it was hotter than usual this summer. They are gone now with the cooler weather. I’ve had my small garden for many years but that bug was new to me this summer. Not good.

  39. Jamie says:

    Plant a sacrifice crop to attract and trap the Bagrada
    Collect the bugs and make a spray out of the bodies.
    Wild arugula attracts the majority away from the other Brassica even other kinds of arugula.
    Mosquito netting or Agricultural netting over the wild arugula makes a great collecting surface. A small vac or tape helps collecting. These bugs are too fast to effectively collect one at a time by hand.

  40. Kevin says:

    Just a note: The Bagrada Bug is not the same as the Harlequin Bug.
    ref: http://acwm.lacounty.gov/scripts/pestpdf.htm

  41. Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane says:

    Is “BAGRADA BUG” name of the plant disease? What is the name of the species of these insects?

  42. Rachel says:

    This is an inquiry to an old post, but has anyone found anything effective against the bagrada bug? They are in my wheat, sunflowers, nasturiums, and buckwheat besides the kale, squash and anything else that is green. This is a major problem for me and I don’t know how to get rid of them. I spray them with the hose, smash them and till up the soil around the plant, lay DE and there are just so many. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanx

  43. Peter says:

    I live in Altadena, CA and I have had a problem with these bugs last year and now again this summer. They basically ruined my Red Russian Kale and are in the process of doing the same to the Dinosaur Kale and the Tree Collard, although those plants are much hardier and seem to handle it better. I left in some of the Red Russian Kale as a trap crop so they would go on there instead of the other stuff, but I’m not sure how well this is working. I tried neem but it didn’t work. Now I am picking them off by hand and crushing them with my fingers. They seem to come out in the morning and in the evening around sunset so its easier to find them during those times. I probably killed more than 50 last night and this morning. I think this is working but it takes a lot of effort and time. It’s worth it for me because I don’t want to give my all hard work to some dirty little bugs. The juveniles look like little red dots.

  44. Joie Puckett says:

    I had a Bagrada and Harlequin bug infestation last year (2012), and couldn’t cope with their numbers while trying to drown them with soapy Dawn detergent water. It was mildly effective, and took a lot of my time. They pretty much wiped out my kale.

    I’m in Southern California, and when they came back in the heat of the waning days of August, I decided to try harder to fight them off.

    I have been able to kill them off very successfully with an organic homemade brew that I made on the stovetop. It feels so good to take back my garden from these pests.

    The solution is a homemade “Insecticidal Soap”.

    I modified the recipe that I found in a Youtube video.

    My ingredients are:

    Cayanne Pepper Powder 1.5 tbsp
    Citrus Peel and Zest (I’ve used lemons or limes and sometimes only zest)
    Garlic Clove (minced)
    Ginger Powder 1tbsp
    Grated Bar Soap 3tbsp
    2 Cups Water

    I don’t measure my ingredients when I make it, but am trying to put a quantity to them in the list above. There were times I forgot to put in Ginger, and other times when I didn’t use the entire peel of the citrus. The concoction was still effective. I used this on wasps, and they died within 30 seconds. In fact, the Bagrada will react to this spray

    Boil for about 10-15 minutes, strain and pour into a spray bottle that is half full of cool water. This mix is very potent and you can further dilute and still be effective in killing the Bagrada bugs.

    Remember to refrigerate as she mentions in the video below.

    Here’s the video that gave me the idea. She uses dried peppers, however I just used the powdered spices I already had in the cupboard.
    YouTube Video

  45. caelan says:

    they are swarming on our broccoli and arugla. and, to make things stranger, we have a cane toad. do you think that the can toad will eat the harlequins?

  46. caelan says:

    one more thing, it seems pill bugs eat their eggs at night.

  47. Bed Bugs NJ says:

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  48. Gumby says:

    These guys are little monsters! Found them in my garden mid-july in Anaheim, CA. Thought Neem would stop them since I use Neem on a regular basis. They laughed at me! Tried Neem / soap……..Neem / soap / pepper / Rosemary…. :(. 2 1/2 weeks later they were everywhere, corn, beans, collards, turnips………Started pulling them off by hand and dropping them into soap water 🙂 Time consuming but the fastest method yet! They are light footed and some will even jump off into the soap water when threatened. Killed hundreds, down to a few….If anyone has a quick method of killing these guys please post!!

  49. Lisa Freeman says:

    I live in Chatsworth California and in the harlequins have been a major problem. This year has been extremely bad. I have tried every possible organic solution I could think of and so far nothing has worked exept hand squishing them. I have a 1200 sq. ft. garden and it’s truly impossible to rid my garden of them we live on three acres and mustard grass grows wild here and they really love the stuff…I am beyond frustrated.
    I tried diatamaceous earth today..we’ll see.

  50. Zebulon Citanul says:

    I noticed these critters about three weeks ago….mostly in the Sweet Alyssum. For some reason I knew they could not be beneficial so I attacked them with Castile soap (Dr. Bonner’s) and water…soapy water. It kills them…adults and nymphs. I took some of them and put them in a metal bowl (so they couldn’t escape) and spray them with the soapy water. They died rather quickly. And I noticed that they have some very long legs.

  51. michael says:

    garlic water with Castille soap spray –

    http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/get-rid-pests-garlic

  52. Christina says:

    I’ve seen them in my garden attacking my kale and Brussels’s Sprouts.

    • Christina says:

      …forgot to add….
      I’m in North Carolina

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