Scouting for pests: Tarnished plant bug

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

Feeding by tarnished plant bug adults and nymphs causes yellowing of terminal growth, which becomes twisted and distorted. In addition, leaves may appear ragged and discolored. Flowers may fail to develop, or the flower buds may abort. Tarnished plant bug overwinters as an adult. (view images)

Management:
Remove weeds and plant debris from adjacent areas. Contact insecticides may be applied when nymphs and adults are present.

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