DON’T LET BOB BUG YOU

South Burnett Times - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Bronze orange bug, oth­er­wise nick­named Bob or some­times re­ferred to as a stink bug, is a com­mon pest of citrus dur­ing sum­mer on the east coast of Aus­tralia.

The in­sect pest sucks the sap from new leaves and fruit stalks, caus­ing leaves to wilt and die and de­vel­op­ing fruit to fall from the tree.

The only spray reg­is­tered in Aus­tralia for con­trol of bronze orange bugs on ed­i­ble citrus is Yates Na­ture’s Way Citrus and Or­na­men­tal Spray.

Ap­proved for use in or­ganic gar­dens, it’s based on nat­u­ral pyrethrin and veg­etable oil and is an ef­fec­tive con­tact spray for bronze orange bugs.

An­other com­mon way to con­trol th­ese bugs is us­ing an old vac­uum cleaner to man­u­ally re­move them from the tree. Oth­ers choose to wear long gloves and tongs to knock the bugs from the tree into a bucket of soapy wa­ter.

Be aware they can squirt out a nasty, foul-smelling orange liq­uid, which can dam­age your eyes and skin, so it’s best to wear eye pro­tec­tion and long sleeves when spray­ing for or re­mov­ing bronze orange bugs.

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