stink bugs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by proveno
February 28, 2010
last year I lost almost all my tomatoes to stinkbugs. What is the best way I can prevent this from happening again? Should I treat my soil before planting?

Answer from NGA
February 28, 2010


Companion planting is one of the best methods to prevent stink bugs from getting into your garden. This is simply done by planting herbs and other natural deterrent plants with your crop that will repel stink bugs, like marigolds, chrysanthemums, garlic, lavender, mints and thyme.

Another method that will keep stink bugs off your plants and deter them from your garden is to simply wash the plants with straight water daily for about a week.

Trap planting is a method that attracts the stink bug to a location away from your garden. The stink bugs is know to like the color yellow. Crops other that your common crops you plant in your garden like sunflowers, buckwheat, triticale, sorghum and millet are plants that will attract the stink bug to a location that you can deal with them.

Fall cleanup of the garden is very important in pest control in an organic garden. Leaving debris in the garden give them the perfect environment to overwinter.

As a last resort, you can use Rotenone (Rotenone Garden Dust by Bonide or Rotenone Spray or a neem oil based insecticide such as Bio-Neem. Be sure to follow label directions.

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