Stinkbugs were not a big concern when we saw them in home landscapes and gardens in southern Nevada in the past. But recently I was at a home to inspect some damage on apricot leaves early in the season when the leaves were first coming out.
|Cupping of leaves early in the season can be caused by feeding damage of insects like the stinkbug on new leaves just expanding from leaf buds. Not much for these insects to feed on early in the year and new growth is soft, succulent and available.|
While visiting this homeowner and seeing the damage to the tree in the picture above the homeowner spotted the stinkbug on the branch and pointed it out to me. And I thought yes, that insect feeding on leaf tissue from expanding leaf buds could cause this type of damage.
|Stinkbug photo courtesy of reader|
Sometimes it can be holes in leaves, damage to expanding leaves and even sap exiting from young fruit. Luckily they are easy to kill if insecticidal soap is sprayed directly on them. Otherwise you will have to rely on insecticides that leave residual poisons so they come in contact with it. Most insect sprays for fruits and vegetables will work.