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Old November 29, 2018   #16
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I think all stinkbugs migrated into my garden this summer. There was real infestation on my tomatoes. They prefer Black Beauty and Zapotec from what I have noticed. Most tomatoes had damage from them and become sticky.

I didn't sprayed them with anything, from all what I hear there is not real organic solution for them, no natural predators here as far as I know except maybe Mantis and I seen only one in my garden. Maybe next year I will try just killing them as much as I can, they are easy to remove from tomato plants with a stick.

Interesting they prefer varieties not native to my location compared to Novosadski Jabucar, of course when tomatoes are gone they are not picky, they attack everything. I found them in smaller numbers even on cucumbers.
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Old November 29, 2018   #17
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while I had a moderate amount of stinkbug damage this Fall I have hardly seen them in the house this Winter. I opened the grill to use it the other day and I roasted next years batch of bug.
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Old November 29, 2018   #18
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organic X 3

Works great. 100% effective. Ready for 2019. Claud

Use it a couple times a week early in the morning when the little beasties are sunning themselves on top tf the leaves. Brush attachment works great for eggs.

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Old December 1, 2018   #19
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I really didn't see many stinkbugs this past season but I did have an abundance of leaf footed bugs this fall and they were very destructive. They were really bad in October and early November and did a lot of damage to my tomatoes and bell peppers. I didn't really do any full bore spraying for them as I had already gotten all the tomatoes and peppers I needed and could still get a few for eating. I did however keep a small hand sprayer with very soapy water and Permethrin so when I found a hatch of juveniles I would spray them. They are much easier to kill at that stage and if you are vigilant you can control them somewhat with that limited spraying. I would also go out just before dark and find adults perched on fruit and spray them individually which also helped.

With so few stink bugs this past year I am hoping that I won't see many again this year but you never know.

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Old December 14, 2018   #20
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My tomato crop was completely devastated by stinkbugs this past season! I try to stay organic in my garden and there was no way I could keep up with the stinkers. It was really depressing. My tomatoes were looking SO FRICKING AWSEOME!!! The best they had ever looked... before the stinkbugs got out of control. I got very little harvest. It's maddening.

The stinkbug damage went FAR beyond just cosmetic damage. The tomatoes variety was unrecognizable from being so discolored from the damage.

I am thinking of taking drastic measures next season. Since I live in South Louisiana with the hot and humid climate, I might build rain shelters (to help fight disease and fruit splitting) and enclose the sides with bug netting. I had put up a rain shelter over 1 bed this past season but early on it was destroyed by a tornado and I didn't bother rebuilding it.

Stinkbugs are by far my main nemesis every year and this past year was the worst.
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Old December 14, 2018   #21
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I saw very few stinkbugs. Quite a few horworms though. And Japanese beetles were numerous and destructive.

And no honeybees. :-(
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Old December 14, 2018   #22
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I've had the same kind of year that "oldman" had. My first killing of a stinkbug was just last night when one flew into my computer display. I don't remember any in the garden, although I had some of the signature spots on some of the tomatoes I harvested. And, yes, the Japanese beetles made lace out of all my grape leaves.
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Old December 16, 2018   #23
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Originally Posted by clkeiper View Post
while I had a moderate amount of stinkbug damage this Fall I have hardly seen them in the house this Winter. I opened the grill to use it the other day and I roasted next years batch of bug.
I've had them fall out of my shoes as I picked them up to put them on.

Now nothing gets picked up without shaking out any hiding occupants.

Yuck. How do they get in the house??
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