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Asian bedbug, remedies and treatment. The arrival of theAsian bedbugit has also been reported in Italy, it is a larger and more aggressive parasitic insect than the local bug. It destroys fruits and vegetables causing extensive damage to the crop. In this page we will see what the fight against the Asian bedbug consists of, how to recognize it and how to eliminate it.
Asian bedbug in Italy
ThereAsian bedbugis identified asHalyomrpha halys, as the name suggests, its origins are oriental: it comes from China, Japan and Korea. It was reported for the first time in Europe in 2007, in 2010 it reached the United States and in 2012 it also landed in Italy.
How did the Asian bedbug arrive in Italy?
Following the trade routes, sheltered between cardboard packaging and wooden containers from the Far East. ThereAsian bedbug in Italyit is present in Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino Alto Adige and is rapidly expanding into other geographical areas of the Center and North. In the absence of containment measures, theAsian bedbugit will soon also arrive in Southern Italy.
The life cycle of the Asian bedbug
Let's clarify immediately that theHalyomrpha halysit is not harmful to humans in a direct way but can cause significant economic damage to local agriculture:Asian bedbugit is very prolific, it multiplies quickly and also ravenous. Given the absence of natural predators in our country, theAsian bedbugit has a free field and can cause serious damage to crops in the garden or on a farm.
Hislife cycleit is annual and in our country, fortunately, it only makes one generation a year. In Asia, in its natural habitat, theAsian bedbugit reaches 4 - 6 generations per year.
In Spring and Summer
The adults are present in the crops from July to September, even starting from June if the climatic conditions are favorable.
From May to June the adult female lays the eggs which from hatching will become adult individuals through five stages of development.
In autumn and winter
Asian bedbug in the house.The Asian bedbugsthey spend the winter in the allotment, in adult form, hidden under the bark of trees, shrubs, under stones or among the dried up vegetation. Under favorable conditions, in the winter period, theAsian bedbughe can also take refugein home.
Asian bedbug, remedies
The hot climate, prolonged drought and the presence of very dense vegetation (therefore even in the case of crops infested with weeds or plants not properly spaced) are factors that favor the proliferation ofAsian bedbug.
The first step to take to undertake afightatAsian bedbugsconsists of the proper care of the vegetable garden and crops. The presence of aphids and scale insects can favor the attack by the Asian bedbug.
Eliminating the Asian bedbug is not easy at all. In the absence of a real infestation and if you have only noticed a few specimens ofAsian bedbugon your crops, you can spray a liquid solution given by water and Marseille soap.
Among the products allowed inbiological agriculturewhich can be used to deleteAsian bedbugswe point out those based onNeem, neem oil is the most effective solution against Asian bedbugs.
Neem oil must be diluted in water and sprayed on the crops to be treated. For information on purchasing, I refer you to the "Neem oil on Amazon" page
Although neem oil is more effective, alternatively, you can try macerated nettle, wormwood and tansy. The fight is not only chemical: theAsian bedbugit is also fought with traps to capture adult individuals.
Recognizing the Asian bedbug
Thebedbugshomegrown, like the green lawn bug, are 0.5 to 1 cm long, have variable color (green, black with red and yellow patches ...) and now those who cultivate the vegetable garden are familiar with them. On the contrary, theAsian bedbugit reaches a length between 1.5 and 1.7 cm (therefore it is larger) and has a very characteristic color: the Asian bedbug is dark gray-brown, almost marbled.