Eradicate these stinky sap-sucking citrus-eating critters from your garden.
Anyone who’s had a citrus tree will be familiar with bronze orange bugs. Also called stink bugs, they produce a foul-smelling secretion and suck the sap from stalks, causing flowers and fruit to drop.
These pests need to be controlled in winter before they can build up their numbers in spring and summer.
They lay eggs on the underside of leaves with the young, called nymphs, appearing in winter. The nymphs are flat, lime green and about 6mm long.
Nymphs can be harder to spot as their green colour helps them blend with leaves.
As they mature they turn orange or bronze and become rounded, going from brown to black and reaching 25mm long as adults.