Last year during my tomato fiasco where 99.99999999999999999% of my tomatoes rotted due to some type of bacterial infection(?) during our hot and very wet summer, I also had a heavy infestation of stinkbugs on the tomato plants.
I'd like to get ahead of the 8 ball on these this year. Has anybody got thoughts on controlling them? So far it seems like little is out there to combat them short of a flamethrower. <sigh>
I've seen mention of using a soapy water spray on them....they kind of seem hard-bodied to me, but maybe the nymphs would be killed by this?
I've also seen some Rescue brand of traps that have so-so reviews...some people swear by them some people swear at'em. :shrug:
It will be a bit different for the garden this year being as we had LOTS of privet hedge and other brush cleared from around the house last autumn. I'm thinking that this got rid of lots of things (probably good
) that were using those bushes for nesting and overwintering areas. There are still trees and a couple of hundred feet away still an overgrown fence row. Several hundred feet to the east and north is a pine forest. So, really, there is ample area for them to come from. I hate to invest in snake-oil, but I'm seriously thinking of buying a couple of the Rescue traps. I've got a large field pine to the northeast of the garden probably 50' away that I could attach one to and a young pear tree (5-6 year old?) at the southeast corner I could hang one against.
Those are grasping-for-straw ideas. So, anybody got some thoughts on battling these juice suckers????
ETA: Placing the traps on the trees would be before the tomatoes start producing. If the stinkbugs get a foothold in the tomatoes then I'd move the traps into the garden. Naturally, if no stinkbugs are getting into the traps I'd move them to a different location anyhow. But, there again, these traps have mixed reviews to start with.