Bugs/beetle ID on Winterberry Holly berries and how/if to treat

Asked September 3, 2019, 3:23 PM EDT

I have large numbers of the pictured bug/beetle on my winterberry holly berries. What are they, will they cause damage to the berries, and (if so) how do I get rid of them?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

We think the insects look like stinkbug nymphs. The nymphs may feed on the berries and this may produce some white spots. We do not think the berries will drop.
You can also knock them off into soapy water.