The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an infamous pest here in Lancaster, PA and surrounding areas. If you are wondering why you don’t remember seeing these insects in years past, it’s because you didn’t. This insect was imported from Asia to their epicenter of Allentown, PA in the late 1990′s. In the past decade or so, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has spread to across our nation, being spotted in approximately half of the states.
Stink Bugs feed on a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other host plants. Damage to these plants are typically cosmetic, but in some cases can damage fruit, seeds, and transmit plant pathogens. They do not pose any risk to humans or animals. They have a single generation per year in Pennsylvania depending on how extremely cold the temperatures are in a given year. Warmer years permit the development of two or three generations in a growing season.
Stink Bugs pose a nuisance for both residential and commercial property owners. As the weather cools in fall, and crops such as corn and soybeans are harvested in that same time frame, causing Stink Bugs to attempt to survive the winter as adults by entering structures through cracks in windows and the foundation. It is common to see them in large numbers during September and October both on outside surfaces as well as showing up inside structures as weather cools.
Once Stink Bugs enter the structure there is little help other than physically removing them from the structure. However, preventive Stink Bug Control applications to the exterior of structures as well as sealing up common and likely entry points will do a great job at reducing the amount of these pests that enter your home or commercial building.
If you have problems with Stink Bugs, using a Quarterly Pest Control program is your best approach to management of this pest. If you’d like to find out more about how to get rid of Stink Bugs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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