There are many species of insects that have over time developed a resistance to the numerous commercially available and professional insecticides. This resistance can make it much harder for those wishing to control their population growth, and can lead to much more of the product having to be used than is recommended by the manufacturer. This in turn can lead to higher incidences of side effects both on human health and on the environment. There is also the fact that eventually, any given pesticide might cease to work entirely on the targeted population, which could lead to an undesirable rise in the number and size of infestations.
One insect that has shown a startling and rapidly forming resistance to typical insecticides is the Stink Bug. The most common species of this bug is known as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and has only been in the United States since about 1998 when it was first spotted in Pennsylvania. It is thought to have hitched a ride over to this country in shipping crates bound from Asia, and since its arrival has been spreading rapidly over the past decade. In fact it can now be found in over 37 states in the nation, from as far south as Florida to as far north as Massachusetts, and westward all the way to the Pacific Ocean. As we will see, the bugs can cause quite a bit of trouble in several different ways, and because they are resistant to most insecticides, the only way to get rid of them is through the use of a specially designed stink bug trap.
It is highly detrimental to farmers, as it will lay its eggs on the undersides of leaves and branches and has a tendency to voraciously eat any unprotected or untreated fruits or vegetables. Any crops that fall victim to an infestation of these bugs are likely to be completely destroyed and the farmer is not likely to be able to salvage any of them for sale on the market. This obviously causes farmers across the nation quite a bit of financial damage every year, and getting rid of the bugs is on the top of many farmers to do lists.
The stink bug scourge is not confined solely to farms however. It also is a growing problem in households. An infestation of these bugs in a house when it occurs can have several undesirable characteristics. The first is that the bugs, especially when they are found en masse, can cause quite a bit of noise and are large and unsightly when compared to other pests such as ants. They can intrude upon virtually all aspects of a person’s life, from eating to sleeping, and they will cause great disruption in the day-to-day life of anyone whose home they infest.
The other unpleasant side effect of an infestation is the fact that they get their name from the foul and some would say disgusting odor that they excrete to ward off predators when cornered or threatened. It is said to smell like a combination of rotten cilantro and skunk, needless to say it is not something you want in your house.
Knowing that these bugs present a serious annoyance to homeowners and even more of a risk to crops, the most important thing to find out is how to kill them. Because pesticides won’t work, you’ll have to turn to a stink bug trap. It is a specially designed tube that has two things that stink bugs cannot resist. It is sold with a light that is placed in the center of the tube, because the bugs are very attracted to artificial light sources particularly at night when they are searching for food. It also has strong smelling bait that is formulated to smell like the bugs’ favorite foods, which are green peppers and squash.
The most important part of the trap is the sticky glue-like substance that will contain the bugs that have flown into the trap until it can be disposed of. Most of the traps on the market today can catch and kill up to 300 bugs before they have to be refilled with new bait. By using a product such as a stink bug trap, you can quickly regain control of an infestation, and eventually get rid of it completely, returning your house to its earlier bug-free state.
John Sams is an experienced pest control specialist and has published several articles about stink bug control, and the effectiveness of the Strube stink bug trap. If you would like to learn more about do-it-yourself pest control, please visit www.domyownpestcontrol.com.