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Three Things You Didn’t Know About Stink Bugs

A Stink Bug
A Stink Bug

When it comes to stink bugs, you probably know what they look like and not much else. Here are some more stink bug fun facts:

They are in Demand!

While there is no shortage of stink bugs in the wild, the University of Maryland lost their entire colony to a strange virus. The Department of Entomology is now enlisting the help of local residents to collect a new supply of stink bugs for their laboratory. You can actually collect and mail stink bugs that you collect in your home to the university in order to further their studies.

Stink Bugs Hibernate

Stink bugs fuel up during the warmer months so that they can overwinter inside houses, under logs and in other fairly warm and protective spaces. Once the weather turns warm again, they come out in force to breed. They tend to be especially prevalent near soy bean fields and other favorite food sources, which allow them to get enough energy to survive long winters.

You Can Prevent and Treat Infestations

At Allison Pest Control in Rumson, NJ, we can help you develop a strategy to eliminate stink bugs from your home. First and foremost, you will need to seal up any cracks and holes where stink bugs are entering the home. Next, we will use our expertise to eradicate the pests so that you don’t become overwhelmed with hundreds of uninvited guests this summer.

Can We Ever Get Rid of Stink Bugs?

Stink Bug Control
Stink Bug Control

If you’ve seen some odd-looking brown bugs with a shield-shaped body in or around your home, you’ve got stinkbugs. Brown marmorated stinkbugs have been slowly but surely invading more and more states after coming over to the US from Asia in the mid 1990s.

Stinkbugs were first reported in Allentown, PA, but they’ve managed to find their way to 41 states since then. While these bugs don’t bite or spread disease, they do ruin fruit harvests and can be very difficult to get rid of inside homes. These bugs get their name from the smelly chemicals they emit when they’re in danger, which has helped them avoid being eaten by predators.

Researchers have been struggling to find effective ways to stop these bugs. One possibility is by introducing a species of tiny parasitic wasps from Asia that attack stinkbug eggs. These wasps are able to get inside the eggs, then get rid of everything inside of them before making a hole and climbing out. This prevents stinkbug eggs from hatching, which could help bring their numbers down. A more unusual way to control stinkbug populations is by using their chemicals to add a spicy flavor to foods, which some cultures already do. These chemicals could also possibly provide some extra iodine to people’s diets.

Having trouble with stinkbugs in your home? Contact Allison Pest Control for reliable NJ stink bug control services.

Five Fun Facts About Stink Bugs

The Stink Bug
The Stink Bug

You might think that a name like stink bugs tells you everything you need to know about this pest. But as with most living creatures, there’s more to their story.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are native to the Far East countries of Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. They’ve been growing in numbers since they first allegedly stowed away in some shipping crates back in 1998. Here are some other fun facts about this shield-shaped insect.

  • The nasty smell that gives them their name comes from a chemical secreted in glands located on their abdomen. Scientists believe it developed as a defense against predators.
  • Most species of stink bugs are green or brown in color. The immature bugs, or nymphs, range from black to yellow and may change color several times as they grow.
  • Stink bugs can present a serious threat to crops. Some types can cause enough damage to fruit to make it unfit for sale. On the other hand, some varieties are actually beneficial to crops, feeding on caterpillars, beetles and even the plant-eating stink bugs.
  • While they don’t do it often, stink bugs can fly. When they’re on the ground they keep their wings folded across their back.
  • The arrival of cold weather it what causes stink bugs to seek shelter in homes via cracks and other minute openings. They’ll generally hibernate until spring, but the indoor heat can cause them to stir.

You don’t have to share your New Jersey home with these relatively harmless but annoying insects. Our trained technicians at Allison Pest Control can keep it safe from stink bugs and other household invaders. Please contact us to set up an appointment.

Homemade Stink Bug Trap Hits the Market

Stink Bug Traps
Stink Bug Traps

Don’t let this season’s hard-won spring be tainted with the foul odor of stink bugs. There is a new, inexpensive, effective, and pesticide-free stink bug solution to liberate your home of these invasive, smelly pests.

All it takes is a roasting pan, dish soap, and a light.
Fill a disposable foil roasting pan with water and dish soap. Then, set a light over the pan to attract bugs and darken the room. This homemade trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than expensive store-bought traps costing as much as $50 according to a soon-to-be-published study in the Journal of Extension. The homemade trap exploits the insect’s natural attraction to light.

The stink bug invasion is really taking its toll.
Brown marmorated stink bugs have spread to 41 states since invading the mid-Atlantic in the late 2000s. While annoying to homeowners, they have caused devastating damage to crops, feeding on and destroying apples, peaches, grapes, soybean, peppers, tomatoes, corn and cotton, and prompting the discovery that chickens find these aromatic pests quite tasty.

Treatment can be tricky
The stink bugs has few natural enemies, and insecticides used to control them can easily kill what few enemies they have – such as chickens. As a result, consulting a professional when trying to eliminate these burdensome bugs is a must.

Homemade solutions not enough to battle your stink bug problem? Contact Allison Pest Control today. Since 1917, Allison Pest Control has been serving Monmouth and Ocean County residents with quality pest control solutions.

Stink Bugs Beginning to Emerge in Monmouth County, NJ

A Stink Bug
A Stink Bug

If you had trouble with stink bugs in the fall, get ready for another onslaught of these thumbnail-size insects. Warmer weather is causing stink bugs to emerge from their overwintering hiding places. Monmouth County, NJ residents can expect to start finding these insects sitting on walls or crawling across floors as they seek a way back outdoors to feed and breed after their winter hibernation.

Dull brown or gray and shield-shaped, brown marmorated stink bugs are common agricultural and garden pests in Monmouth and Ocean counties, New Jersey. An invasive Asian transplant with no natural predators in the U.S., brown marmorated stink bugs have spread to 33 states and are responsible for billions of dollars in lost and damaged fruit and vegetable crops every year. Catastrophic losses to Atlantic state fruit crops last year prompted the USDA to increase efforts to combat these pests, according to the Washington Post.

Stink bugs are a particular problem for Monmouth County homeowners in the fall when they seek shelter from the cold in the attics and wall voids of homes. These insects become a problem again in the spring when they emerge from their hiding places to return to the outdoors. This winter’s extreme cold made stink bugs a surprising winter problem for many Ocean County homeowners as the cold forced the insects to flee soffits, attics, window frames and exterior wall voids for warmer shelter inside homes.

If you find a stink bug inside your home, sweep it up and deposit it outside. Never squash a stink bug. They come by their name honestly and the nasty odor they emit lingers. The best way to protect your Monmouth County home from invasive seasonal pests is with an Allison Pest Control Home Pest Protection Plan. Visit our website for complete details.

Stink Bugs…A No Good Stinky Pest

As the cold weather begins to approach New Jersey, some types of pests will be looking for a place to bed down for the winter.  Some of these uninvited guests will be obnoxious and some you will barely know that they have arrived.

Insects such as ladybugs and boxelder bugs will use your New Jersey home throughout the winter and there’s a good chance that you will never even see them.  The brown marmorated stink bugs however are completely different when it comes to joining humans for the winter.  It’s bad enough that we now know that there are likely thousands of stink bugs hiding in our attics, sheds, garages, and under the siding of our New Jersey homes each winter.  Stink bugs are such bad house guests that they also invade the interior of homes as well.

From late August throughout June, obnoxious stink bugs will be creeping up curtains and walls, across stairs and fluffy pieces of furniture.  Sitting down to watch television is a new adventure as stink bugs often join NJ residents just to give them a stir.  One dare not squish the dreaded stink bug or they will be left with an eye watering stench.   Those who suck them up in their vacuum cleaner will remember their mistake until the vacuum bag is long gone.

The best way to keep stink bugs from overwintering in your home is to hire a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.