The Return of the Stink Bug

Saturday, January 5, 2013

After a reprieve last year, the brown marmorated stink bug is expected to make a reappearance in the Washington D.C. area this spring, according to the Washington Post.

While stink bugs do not pose serious property or safety threats to homeowners, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance. In addition, this smelly pest has been known to cause extensive damage to crops, resulting in millions of dollars in losses for farmers.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends that homeowners take steps now to pest-proof their homes against this stinky pest. Seal and caulk cracks around widows, doors and the foundation of the home, and repair damaged screens. Also, keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted to lights.