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By Jubee
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I am new to VFTs. I bought my first one a few months ago. This morning I found one trap covered in these tiny red bugs. What are they and what do I need to do?? Image
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By Panman
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The pictures are rather out of focus, but I think it may be an assassin bug. If it is, there is no problem. We really need a clearer picture.
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I think those are stink bug or leaf-footed bug nymphs. Not good bugs. But, they and assassin bug nymphs are difficult to tell apart. Stink bugs are more populous than assassin bugs. Do you have a problem with stink bugs around your place? Do you have a vegetable garden?
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And what Panman said, a clearer image *might* make ID'ing the bugs easier.
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Here are better pics.
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That’s what I think as well based upon photo comparison.
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They look a lot like a leaf-footed bug, but I see no "chaps" on their hind legs. I'm voting..."Undecided". :mrgreen:

I'm no bug expert, either, but I've had every bad pest that you can imagine in my garden. Assassin bug nymphs seemed to be loners whereas the leaf-footed bug nymphs seem to come in herds. I suppose the assassin bug nymph's are herd critters early on. They could be very young chupacabras. 8-)
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