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Carolina Scientists, Farmers Wage War on Kudzu Bugs

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Experts in the region are studying ways to control the invasive pest, which is having an economic impact on crops in the state.

| September 20, 2012

EASLEY, S.C. - Agricultural scientists and farmers in South Carolina are planning a counterattack on the invasive kudzu bug that has been causing destruction throughout Georgia and the Carolinas, Easely Patch reports

Experts planning the attack don't expect it to be an easy fight. "The word 'eradication is not being used with the kudzu bug,' Steve Cole, director of the plant industry department, Clemson University, told the news outlet. "The best we can hope to do is find a suitable method of control."

Other experts told Patch that the kudzu bugs have become an economic pest, causing significant damage to crops. Experts hope to develop a method of control taking advantage of the bugs' reproduction cycle.

Read the full story at Easley Patch.

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