As certain as the hot summer months arrive throughout the US, so too do the bugs. They enter our homes looking for shelter from the elements. During these home invasions, many homeowners will likely see a familiar pest… The invasive brown marmorated stink bug!
The invasive brown marmorated stinkbug has been a serious pest problem for much of the country, especially in the Northeast United States. Some reports predict their numbers to be up over 60% this year. This is mostly due to the insects having multiple breeding cycles during the upcoming long, hot, extended summer which is supposed to be one for the record books.
Reporting Stink Bug Sightings
If you are seeing an influx of Brown Marmorated stink bugs in your home or on your property, it’s likely that your State Department of Agriculture would like to hear about it. Please report any sightings.
Officials in the state of Texas are especially concerned with these stinky bugs making their way into the state. The Texas AgriLife Extension Office is asking for anyone who finds this type of stinkbug to give them a call. Officials have said that they “take this pest seriously, and are hard at work trying to understand effective ways to control it; and mitigate its effect.” These stink bugs have the potential to damage Texas’ crops; and your garden. The Texas AgriLife Extension Office can be reached at (512) 854-9600.
The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug
The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug is a medium sized insect that measures about a half inch to three-quarters of an inch long. They’re shield shaped and brown with black mottling on their backs. They also sport white and black triangles around the outer edge of their bodies. They are best known for emitting a foul smelling over when disturbed or squashed.
Keeping Stinkbugs Out Of Your Home
- Cover any vents, window, and doors with tight fitting screens.
- Seal up any holes, cracks, or that might allow stink bugs easy access into your home.
- Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted to lights.
- If you do happen to get any of the bugs inside your home, vacuum them up with a shop-vac filled with hot soapy water. If using an upright vacuum, make sure it has a vacuum bag that is tightly sealed. Remember, do not crush the bugs or you will be smelling them.
- If a stink bug problem develops, contact a licensed pest control professional.