Kudzu bugs attack Piedmont crops

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Tiny invaders are attacking crops in the Piedmont.

They're called kudzu bugs, and they're mainly attracted to the kudzu vine that gives them their name.

They can, however, also be a problem for other plants and maybe even in your house.

Chase Hazelwood is an exterminator with Go-Forth Pest Control and he knows his enemy.

"Many soy farmers especially in Georgia, South Carolina are really being devastated by the kudzu bug," Hazelwood explains.

Kudzu bugs are similar to stink bugs. They are not related, but they're about the same size and hang out in the same places.

Trouble is, when it gets cold and the kudzu bugs seek shelter, you could be seeing a lot of them.

They're attracted to light surfaces, so to keep them out, seal up your windows and doors and keep an eye on anything painted white.

If you get any on you, do not squash them. The bugs' guts are full of an irritant. Smash it on your skin, and it'll sting like an antiseptic on a cut. It can stain skin and fabric, too.

Luckily, there is a way to get them away from your house and away from you.

"The best thing you can possibly do is just take a vacuum, go suck 'em up and remove 'em," Hazelwood explained.

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