Spokane, WA (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
With the USDA recently naming the brown marmorated stink bug as the top invasive species in America and scientists predicting that the pungent pests will reach record numbers in 2013, the time is at hand to fight stink bugs.
Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International, developer of the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Traps suggests that early action is critical to break the stink bug life cycle.
“Stink bugs live to eat and mate outdoors in spring and summer,” he says “It is important to start using your trap outdoors by April 1 in order to catch the emerging adults before they multiply. Over time, this will reduce their numbers so the amount that could potentially get in the house next fall drops dramatically.”
In the fall of 2011, juvenile stink bugs had an unexplained high mortality rate which translated into fewer adult bugs the following spring. In September 2012, however, homeowners were caught off guard by stink bugs swarming their houses, searching for a way to get indoors to hibernate. Their numbers were large because an early spring allowed two generations of stink bugs to get established.
Tracy Leskey, an entomologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, explains, “Stink bug populations have recovered and in larger numbers. We're seeing populations that are about six times larger than they were the previous year.”
While not everyone will see thousands of stink bugs as reported on the news, it only takes one female to mate and produce 400 stink bug eggs in your backyard. Their numbers grow exponentially from there.
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