Bronze Orange Bug
Familiarity with the most common pests that will linger in your farm and garden is one of the best solutions to guarantee a beautiful garden and a bountiful harvest. Learn more about Bronze Orange Bug and combat its spread to your crops and plants.
Description of Bronze Orange Bug
These young matrix exhibits the following features:
baby bugs exhibit a bright green appearance but it will gradually appear dark as it matures and becomes older
during maturity, the bronze orange bug measures 25 mm long
it feasts on citrus trees
it has an excellent camouflage ability that matches colors of citrus leaves and
trees like oranges, lemons, and limes
it is slow moving and will stay in a single spot for days
it is visible in the shoots of young plants, its fruits, and its flowers
it squirts a chemical when disturbed to distract its attacker, which results to a
burning sensation when squirted in the eyes and stains when squirted on the skin thus the term “stink bug”
Detection of Bronze Orange Bug Infestation
Be vigilant in caring for your citrus trees and watch out for these signs of infestations:
presence of bugs in young shoots, flowers, fruits during the summer season
wilting of flower stalks and young shoots due to the abundance of these pests
transformation to black and shrivel stalks of shoots and flower stalks
Management and Control of Bronze Orange Bug
Since these pests are easily visible, in comparison to minute pests. You may wish to use a stick to knock these off and place them with a container filled with methylated spirits. Gardeners and farmers are not advised to spray trees with methyl because it will also cause damage to the trees. You should be aware of the reason why such pests linger in your trees to better control the spread of these creatures in your farm.
Agriculturists say that trees commonly affected by these pests are extremely water stressed, so it is important that you apply complete organic fertilizer on it combined and start watering it with organic seaweed tea. However, you are free to use organic registered products like Eco-Oil or Natrasoap on these plants. Just be sure to follow the directions because it is not recommended with plants that are growing in high temperatures or is water stressed plants.
You may also wish to use a vacuum cleaner with a disposable vacuum bag so you can suck these bronze orange bugs away from your plants. Be sure to wear protective eye and hand covering because of the chemicals these bugs squirt as part of their defense. You may also spray Folimat on your trees, to kill these unwanted pests lingering on your citrus trees.
Keep your soil healthy and your plants will establish an immune system enough to scare these bugs away. Use the necessary fertilizers to feed your plants with sufficient nutrients. Inspect your potted citrus pots regularly and cut leaves that show presence of these pests to avoid its spread to other plants and section of your tree.