Cosmopepla Lintneriana: Twice Stabbed Stinkbug
As I was out checking our vegetable garden last week I walked past our compost bin where I noticed black and red bugs on our garlic chives.
Then I looked along the garage where our Columbines are and saw that they were infested with them. I was pretty sure they were stinkbugs but had to check online to be sure.
I learned they are called, Cosmopepla Lintneriana: or the Twice Stabbed Stink Bug. The first thing I wanted to do was get rid of them but had to learn how first. So it was in the house and online looking for a remedy to our problem, that doesn’t use pesticides of course.
One remedy sounded like what I have with supper most days. It basically called for hot pepper sauce, cayenne and chili powder mixed with water. I’m sure it only burned their eyes and made them cough until they fell off the Columbines. I sprayed it directly on a few and watched. They stopped for a minute, rubbed their eyes and then started moving again.
The second remedy helped get the cayenne out of their eyes as it was mixture of dish soap, Windex and water. Again I sprayed a few directly and watched them. They stopped, scrubbed their bodies and said thanks. That’s about it.
Well the remedies actually did help, I think, as we didn’t see nearly as many. I even did multiple applications of both. A lot of them were connected at their butts and I’m wondering if they just fell of and kept breeding down on the ground.
Now I See They Started New Families
It was a bit windy and I couldn’t get a close up shot so I just cut some of the seed head off and bagged them. I then brought them in the house and tried getting a close up. The shot of the left is the best I could do with my camera.
They are twice stabbed stinkbug eggs and larvae.
I am going through all the columbines and cutting the seed heads off. I will put them all in a bag and then destroy these little guys while they are contained.
You can be sure I’ll watch them a lot closer next year and see if I can stop them early. Although this is the first year I have seen these pest here in Moncton, New Brunswick.
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