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Before I kill - is it the enemy!

The last time I went on a killing spree - I found out later it was the larva for ladybugs, and was so depressed I wanted to kick my own butt. :oops: So before I kill these bugs, anybody have a idea. They are all reddish orange, and there always seems to be about 10 or so congragated on one item. Almost like there having a get together. Right now they are on a tomato plant, but do not seem to be doing any damage to the plant, probably because it is about done - only has a few more tomatos on it. What do you think? :shock:
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I think that's the nymph of a leaf-footed bug ... Leptoglossus zonatus. They cause a lot of damage to plants.

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yes kill them all i hate them w/ a passion i have the leaf footed stink bugs all over my tomatoes if you see lines on brown eggs that are kinda stiff they belong to them also squish them
Thanks for all the help and advice Daniel G.

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Thanks

Oooh! So my gut reaction is right, off to exterminate. Glad there are only a few and their big enough to see.
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Once you see them, they're there for the year. Keep on top of them and it won't be a big problem and you won't get any real damage to your plants. But once they are out of control, forget it for the year. I have the same problem with squash bugs every year. They are a VERY similar bug. The trick is to stay on top of getting rid of the eggs.
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Re: Before I kill - is it the enemy!

I have the same issue and they are Leptoglossus zonatus. They have grown 4x's their size in the last week and I now know that I have to get rid of them. I don't want to spray pesticides so I will try dish soap first. A friend reccomend Bacillus thuringiensis. Any thoughts on how to get rid of these pests properly?

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Re: Before I kill - is it the enemy!

Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) is a disease that affects worm/caterpillar type pests (cabbage worms, corn ear worms, mosquito larvae, etc). It is not likely to do anything to your bugs.

Sometimes the nymphs are taken care of by natural predators and don't become a problem. Other wise you could try insecticidal soap like Safer's or one of the citrus based insecticides. Be careful with anything you spray though, test it on some leaves first to be sure it doesn't burn them, and only spray where the problem is, don't spray your garden.
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