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  •  Our pecan crop was bountiful but disappointing. (7+ / 0-)

    We live in Houston and have two tress in our backyard.
    We were so happy to have so many pecans. We gathered them and planned to give them for Christmas presents. Our joy was short lived. We found that the kernels had black spots on them and they tasted yucky. Google told me stink bugs are the culprit. Now, we haz a sad. LOL!
    Does anyone know of a remedy for these little pecan killers?

    •  Weed and leaf control (4+ / 0-)

      is essential, as the stink bug shelters in them.  Keep the grass mowed short and leaves raked around pecans.  Also, consider planting "trap" crops of blackeyed peas, crowder peas, or soybeans to attract the bugs, then apply pesticides to kill the bugs before they fly into and damage the pecans.  You're never going to eat the trap crop, so applying pesticides to it is acceptable.

      Pesticides that kill stink bugs include:  ypermethrin (Ammo ® , Cymbush ® ), esfenvalerate (Asana ® , azinphosmethyl (Guthion ® ) or carbaryl (Sevin ® ).

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      by Noddy on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:35:51 AM PST

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