Stink bugs

Asked May 20, 2020, 11:22 AM EDT

How can you prevent brown stink bugs from stinging tomatoes?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Stink Bugs, which feed on plant juices through a pointed straw-like beak, can be challenging to totally control. They hide or drop off the plant when startled, and as adults can fly, could re-colonize the plant once left alone. Using protective sprays of food-safe insecticides, such as neem oil or pyrethrum, or a coating of kaolin clay, can repel or kill nymphs, but adults are harder to kill in this way. This article gives more information and a few other suggestions, but unfortunately, vigilance and persistence with physical removal are probably the best approach.