Yo, what up fam? It’s ya boy Dan, and today we’re talkin’ ’bout these stink bugs that be messin’ with our cannabis plants. These bugs may have come from China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, but they’re definitely making their way all around the world now. And let me tell ya, they love to munch on our precious plants just as much as we do. So, let’s learn how to spot these nasty critters, get rid of them once and for all, and prevent them from ruinin’ our crops.
First off, these stink bugs are recognizable by their hard, shield-shaped shell and their pungent odor that smells like coriander when they feel threatened. They can grow up to 1.7cm in size, and there are brown or bright-green varieties. They may not be harmful to humans, but they sure can cause some serious damage to our cannabis plants.
Now, let’s talk about how they even get to our plants in the first place. Just like other pests, these stink bugs wanna come inside where it’s warm during the colder months. They can make their way in through windows and chimneys, pipes and power connections, and any other cracks or crevices they can find. So, the first line of defense is to check our homes for any openings and seal them up real tight. If we’re using insect screens for our doors and windows or on our grow rooms/tents, we need to make sure they don’t have holes or any other damage. If they do, fix or replace ’em ASAP.
If you do end up with a stink bug infestation (which we hope never happens), here’s what you can do to kick ’em outta your grow space:
1. Clean Your Growing Area: Get rid of all debris like weeds and old leaves under your plants. The bugs will have less to eat and nowhere to hide.
2. Carefully Remove Bugs: Instead of squishing them or spraying insecticides, try removing them from your grow room instead. If you leave dead bugs lying around, they’ll release an unpleasant smell that’ll stick around for a while.
3. Check For Stink Bug Eggs: Look for characteristic patches of white stink bug eggs on your cannabis plant leaves. You’ll need to get rid of them too since this is where the bugs will hatch from.
4. Take Your Cannabis Plants Outside And Use A Hose: Remove the leaves with eggs on them and use a garden hose to spray the bugs off your plants. Shake your plants too; the bugs should fall off easily. Have a bucket with soapy water nearby where you drop the bugs as you collect them. Flush all the bugs that you collected (including the eggs) down the toilet.
5. Use A Vacuum Indoors: If you can’t take your plants outside, use a vacuum to suck up the bugs instead. Shake your plants so the bugs fall off first before vacuuming them up with a broom and dustpan. Collect all the bugs in a bucket of soapy water.
6. Use Neem Oil To Get Rid Of Them: Neem oil is a natural insecticide that works against stink bug eggs and their larvae. You can use it right up until harvest time as long as you don’t spray it directly on your buds.
Now that we know how to get rid of these pesky stink bugs, let’s talk about how to prevent ’em from coming back:
1. Inspect Your Cannabis Plants Daily: Check every day for signs of trouble like bug infestations or diseases.
2. Cover Your Plants If You Grow Outdoors: Use garden fabric or row covers to protect your plants from stink bugs and other pests/predators.
That’s it for today folks! Keep an eye out for those stink bugs so they don’t mess with your weed again. Happy growing!