Stink Bugs 2011

Stink bugs, also known as shield bugs, have been a nuisance for several years now. Recently, however, they have become more significant pests in the agricultural industry and massive infestations have taken over the mid-Atlantic region in the United States. Although they continue to make their ways into houses, businesses, schools, and more, they are also taking over orchards, gardens, and  agricultural fields. They are able to attack over 300 fruits and vegetables and without a natural predator to naturally control their populations, there is a stronger urgency to make more conscious efforts in controlling stink bugs.

Significance of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are not native to the United States. It is said that they were brought from Asia by freight. Since there are no known natural predators of stink bugs in the United States, they have been left alone to continue to breed and reproduce at outrageous rates.

In the mid-1990’s, when they were first acknowledged as a nuisance pest, researchers and even the agricultural communities did not think or even imagine that they would take over commercial sized fields and orchards. However, in the past year, there has been a recorded $37 million dollars worth of damages in apples alone. Although stink bugs have not yet reached all of the states in America, with over 300 fruits and vegetables that are available as food for stink bugs, everyone from home gardeners to commercial farmers in the mid-Atlantic region has been struggling to control infestations.

Stink Bug Management

Unfortunately, many gardeners and commercial farmers know all too well that pesticides that are made to kill stink bugs will in fact eliminate them, but at an unwanted cost. The chemicals that are used to kill the stink bugs will in fact damage or kill the very plants that they are trying to protect. Therefore, at the current time, researchers have advised that the most effective method of control and elimination is to enforce exclusion.

During the late summer and very early fall season, stink bugs will begin swarming again to try and find a place to hibernate. By making efforts to eliminate their chances of survival, purposeful efforts of exclusion must be put into action before they are able to make their way into your homes.

Caulking and sealing all cracks and crevices is the most fundamental method of exclusion. Any points of entry near the door frames, window frames, and throughout the structure must be inspected for.

For a complete exclusion treatment, use liquid spray to do a complete perimeter treatment around your structure. Don’t forget to spray around all window frames, door frames, as well as utility lines that enter the structure.

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Date: Friday, 2. September 2011 17:52
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