According to entomologists, we’re likely to see a huge increase in the Maryland stink bug population in 2013. The brown marmorated stink bug has been an invasive species in the US for the past 20 years.
If you thought 2012 was bad, watch out, we’re likely to see a bigger crop of stink bugs in our region this year. Although stink bugs can now be found in 48 of the 50 states, they are highly concentrated in the mid-Atlantic region.
“We’re right at the epicenter, we’re at the place where there are more stink bugs than anywhere on the planet, as far as we can tell, right now,” says Raupp, who traps stink bugs around the region for study.
Washingtonians experienced a particularly bad stink bug season in 2010, and noticed a slight collapse in the population in 2011.
Due to our favorable climate and lack of natural predators, the stink bug is forecasted to dramatically increase this year, and has been named the top ranked invasive insect by the USDA for 2013.
If you already are noticing an infestation of stink bugs in your home or on your property, give Mosquito Squad of Montgomery & Howard County a call at 301-926-3001. We treat for mosquitoes, ticks and/or stink bugs, so you can take back your backyard and keep those stink bugs away from your home!