We talked about stink bugs last year, but maybe you weren’t here, or you didn’t have a stink bug problem, or you just don’t remember. Since spring is sprung, and I saw my first stink bug last week, I thought it would be worth re-visiting. If you know all you want to know about them, you can go ahead to your favorite recipe blog.
“Need To Know” Facts About Stink Bugs
There are many types of stink bugs, but it is the Brown Marmorated Stink bug that has quickly become a devastating pest to farmers and home gardeners. Because it has no natural predators, it has quickly spread and multiplied un-checked, ravaging orchards and crops in many states.
- The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was first seen in the US in the 1990’s.
- It is now found in 33 states, and expected to spread.
- Stink bugs do not bite, or carry disease.
- Stink bugs devastate food crops by sucking out plant juices.
- Stink bugs seek shelter in attics, basements, and anywhere they can enter your home.
- Stink bugs stink. Avoid squashing them.
- This bug has no natural predators in this country, allowing for the current population explosion.
- They are resistant to many pesticides.
Battling Stink Bugs In The House
- Don’t squash them, unless you want to know how they got their name. They will release their characteristic odor if squashed.
- Use the vacuum to collect bugs inside, then put the vaccuum bag in the outside trash.
- Caulk cracks or openings in basements, and around vents, pipes, and other openings. Make sure all windows and doors seal tightly.
- Use screen to protect vents and openings that need air flow.
Battling Stink Bugs In The Yard
There aren’t any quick fixes when it comes to stink bug control, but here are some things that are working for other gardeners:
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on garden soil and plants.
- Remove bugs by hand and drop into soapy water or alcohol.
- Protect fruits and vegetables with Surround WP. It’s an organic clay coating that keeps fruit from being pierced.
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