04 Apr Our next insect invasion is going to be a stinker!
As winter turns to spring, bugs begin to wake up.
The most noticeable impact of brown marmorated stink bugs is their tendency to congregate in homes by the hundreds. When a few get in, they emit a pheromone that attracts even more, and they tend to congregate in giant clusters. This indoor flocking starts in autumn, and then the bugs go into a sort of insect hibernation or stupor.
Residents are already seeing them moving inside their units. As the sun starts to hit buildings a little more and the warm-up continues, those little stinkers will be waking up.
The bugs have a reputation for entering any tiny nook or cranny to get into a home or building (outlets, light fixtures, under vinyl and even wood siding) where they hide behind drapes and curtains, in attics, even in closets and drawers. They tend to avoid basements and go to the highest part of the building. This is especially problematic for commercial and multifamily properties. (Rutgers University in New Jersey found stink bugs in about 10 percent of dorm rooms on ground floors but nearly 70 percent on upper-floor rooms.)
Although you may be tempted, don’t dare squish them: There’s a reason they’re called stinkbugs. And it is potent! Instead, give us a call and we’ll help solve your stink bug problem.
Here is how each state is ranked in terms of brown marmorated stink bug population.