Stink Bugs on Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Port St Lucie, FL
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Question by wjmpsl
April 8, 1998
There are stink bugs on my tomato fruit. They don't seem to be doing any damage - it seems they're just hanging out. I'm curious as to why they are attracted.

Answer from NGA
April 8, 1998
If you see no damage the stink bugs are doing, I wouldn't do anything. Some stink bugs are beneficial and prey on pest insects. Maybe they like the red color, thinking that the fruit are colorful blooms? Should you notice any white spots on your tomatoes, which are caused by stink bugs penetrating the tomatoes, spray with an insecticidal soap spray. Follow directions on container. Good luck!

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