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What Are Hemipterans?

Garden Pest Control | July 30, 2019

Stink Bugs in Austin

Hemipterans are an order of insects that are plant sap suckers – in short, they damage plants by drinking the sap directly from the plant. They attack trees, shrubs, herbs, and garden plants.

Hemipterans is a very large order of insects with over 80,000 species and many of them are present around the greater Austin area.

Hemipterans  – A Common Yard Pest

Austin is a great area to live, even for many species of insects. Around the yards of homes exist many species of hemipterans. Summer is a perfect time for these pests. They feed on plant juices by sticking a needle-like mouthpart into the plant. The damage they cause is considerable to gardens and decorative plants. Some common species include the Japanese Boxelder bugs and the common stink bugs.

In large colonies, hemipterans can cause massive damage to yard plants. They emerge in the early spring when plant growth is taking off. Plants tend to upload many nutrients to power leaf and flower production. During that period, plant sap eaters are in their prime. These are pests with an incomplete metamorphosis which means that from the egg they emerge as miniature versions of the adult and they begin to feed immediately.

What Can You Do about Hemipterans?

The only way to handle hemipterans is with a systemic treatment. We offer some green options for handling hemipterans, especially in the home garden. Systemics can be much safer than contact pesticides as the toxin is taken up by the plant into its sap. This means that as a hemipteran feeds, it takes in the toxin and dies. It is important to use systemics responsibly as they can inadvertently target bees through nectar production.

To learn more about controlling yard pests reach out to our team. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the greater Austin area.

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