You’ve probably noticed as the weather has turned into spring-like temperatures, we’ve seen the bugs emerging in full-force. In fact, due to the mild winter and early arrival of spring here in Maryland, we’ve experienced a wide variety of insects appearing weeks earlier than in previous years. Among those insects emerging, is one fairly new (first sighted in the US in 1998), although quite widespread pest: the brown marmorated stink bug. These pests harm and feed off of a variety of host plants, including apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits and persimmons, as well as many ornamental plants, weeds, soybeans and beans plants.
We’ve witnessed an explosion of the stink bug population here on the East Coast over the past few years, and they’ve already made their appearance for the 2012 season. This article appeared on WTOP on Thursday:
Stink bugs invade Washington by Mitchell Miller (Thursday, March 15, 2012)
WASHINGTON – Stink bugs are starting to invade the nation’s capital — and much of the country — crawling out of their winter hiding places and getting on the nerves of exasperated homeowners.
The early spring and warm weather are causing all kinds of insects to cover the landscape much earlier than they normally do.
“The exodus has begun,” says Mike Raupp, a professor of etymology at the University of Maryland in College Park.
In the past week, he went from seeing a few stink bugs a month, to seven or eight each day.
“These guys are major pests.”
Stink bugs are turning out to be “one of the most serious agricultural pests we’ve ever seen in the United States,” says Raupp.
If you’re noticing a stink bug problem on your residential or commercial property, be sure to give us a call at 301-926-3001. We service Howard & Montgomery County Maryland and treat for mosquitoes, ticks and/or stink bugs, so you can take back your backyard!