Protecting Your Satsumas From The Leaf-Footed Bug

Staff reports

Satsumas, one of the many types of citrus grown in Louisiana, are a popular treat for many homeowners each fall.  Satsumas mature earlier than other types of backyard citrus, have a great flavor, and are easily pealed.  In the next few weeks satsumas will begin naturally maturing.  It is now critical that homeowner begin scouting for the Leaf-footed bug.  The Leaf-footed bug, a piercing insect, inserts a needle like structure in to the fruit and begins to feed.  While feeding, it also injects yeast into the fruit.  The yeast will cause the slice(s) of fruit to dry up and the fruit becomes unpalatable.  Excessive piercing from the Leaf-footed bug can also cause fruit to drop from the tree.  Complete control of the Leaf-footed bug can prove to be nearly impossible, but suppression can be achieved with insecticides.