The Bagrada Bug
We here at Star Apple just wanted to update you on a particularly pesky and destructive insect that’s made its way up to the Bay Area. It’s a non-native, invasive species called the bagrada bug.
If you see the bagrada bug in your garden, make sure to take note! Traditional organic insecticides don’t seem to phase it and it is a rapid breeder. If you (or your kids!) aren’t squeamish, we’ve found the best way to kill this pest is by squishing it! We are also encouraging gardeners to hold off on planting bagrada bug favorites such as mustards, Asian greens (bok choy, tatsoi, etc.), and arugula until later in the fall, as this pest tends to disappear once the weather cools down.
The bagrada bug isn’t a cause for panic, but we just thought we should spread the word and give you some information to help you ID this invasive species. If you’d like to read more about the bagrada bug, please check out these two websites: