How do I stop capsid bugs eating my plants?

Sap-sucking capsid bugs can be hard to spot, but they can cause unsightly distortions and holes. We give you our top tips on how to deal with them.

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Capsid bugs are sap-sucking garden pests, and include species like the tarnished bug (Lygus rugulipennis) and the common green capsid (Lygocoris pabulinus). A wide range of plants can be affected, but you’re most likely to spot their damage (distorted, holey leaves) on chrysanthemums, dahlias, fuchsias and apples. Watch this video for our advice on how to get rid of capsid bugs.