Cane fruit-Stink bug

Includes consperse stink bug (Euschistus conspersus)

Pest description and crop damage Large, bright-green bugs, shield-shaped and flattened. They have a foul odor and may contaminate berries at harvest. The machine harvester can shake insects from the plants, potentially contaminating berries going into the harvest trays.

Management-cultural controls

Correct adjustment of air-blast or vacuum-suction cleaner systems on mechanical harvesters can lessen insect contamination of machine-picked berries.

Management-chemical control: HOME USE

  • acetamiprid
  • azadirachtin (neem oil)-Some formulations are OMRI-listed for organic use.
  • bifenthrin
  • carbaryl
  • esfenvalerate
  • kaolin-Applied as a spray to leaves, stems and fruit it acts as a repellent to some insect pests. Some formulations are OMRI-listed for organic use.
  • pyrethrins-Some formulations are OMRI-listed for organic use.
  • zeta-cypermethrin

Management-chemical control: COMMERCIAL USE

No insecticides are registered specifically for this pest. Products applied for leafroller control before harvest (such as: bifenthrin, esfenvalerate, fenpropathrin, malathion, and zeta-cypermethrin) may provide some control of stink bugs.