The kudzu bug, while harmless to houseplants and people, often enters houses. It is attracted to white surfaces, such as the walls of houses or white vehicles, where large numbers of the insects congregate. As a defense mechanism, they will spray a foul smelling liquid when touched, squashed or poked. Aside from smelling foul, the liquid also creates a burning sensation and leaves a red welt on bare skin.
• Kudzu bugs are small, olive-green-colored bugs with brown speckles.
• Though often confused with other stink bugs, kudzu bugs are distinguished by their rounded bodies.
• The size of the kudzu bug ranges from 1/6 to 1/4 inch.