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Kudzu bug a headache for Wilmington gardeners

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WILMINGTON -- Gardeners and farmers all over the Tar Heel State are trying to figure out what to do with kudzu bugs.

The small, brown beetle was reported in Georgia last year.

Now the bug is attacking wisteria, soy beans, and other plants in North Carolina.

Exterminators say they have never received a call about the kudzu bugs, but this year they are getting five to 10 calls per day.

Experts said the bugs are showing up due to this year's warm winter weather.

Wilmington resident Bob Milton said, "It's like a plague. It's the first year we've had any of these beetles here. It's like a locust plague, but now it's a kudzu beetle plague, I guess."

His wife Patricia said they have tried using a pesticide, but nothing is working.

"They remind you of a ladybug, but they are brown and they are all over our wisteria," she said.

Exterminators said a one time treatment should take care of a kudzu bug infestation.

A treatment costs between $100 and $200.

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