Stink Bug Forecast: Higher Numbers of the Smelly Pest Expected This SeasonNPMA Staff
Monday, October 1, 2012
The National Pest Management
Association Recommends Tips to Prevent Infestations
For residents on the East Coast of the U.S., stink bugs
have become as synonymous with fall as the changing leaves. But
entomologists with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
are expecting higher populations of the brown marmorated stink bug
this autumn than last year. As a result, the NPMA is recommending
that homeowners take steps now to pest-proof their homes against
this stinky pest.
“The Mid-Atlantic experienced long periods of sustained hot
weather this summer, allowing stink bug populations to grow to much
higher levels than we saw in 2011” explains Jim Fredericks,
technical director for the NPMA. “Now that the weather is cooling
off, there are more stink bugs seeking sites to overwinter.”
Stink bugs get their name from their habit of secreting a
bad-smelling fluid when disturbed or crushed. They are not known to
bite humans but caution should be used when handling them to avoid
a release of their odor.
"Stink bugs do not pose serious property or safety threats to
homeowners, but their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can
be a nuisance," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for the NPMA. "Luckily, there are steps people can take to
prevent stink bugs
from entering their homes."
The NPMA offers the following prevention tips:
- Seal and caulk cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility
pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other
- Repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors.
- Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted
- If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner
for their removal and dispose of the bag immediately to prevent
odor from permeating the area.
- If an infestation develops, a licensed pest professional should
be contacted to evaluate and assess the severity problem.
For more information or to find a pest professional, visit www.pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s
commitment to the protection of public health, food and