Stink Bug Forecast: Record Numbers of the Smelly Pest Likely to Reemerge as Weather WarmsNPMA Staff
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
After a brutal winter that sent stink bugs
into hiding, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is
warning homeowners that these pests will become active again with
the warm weather and that their growing populations are likely to
make infestations significantly worse than in previous seasons.
"Findings from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture on the size of overwintering populations support
NPMA's prediction that this season's stink bug population will be
larger than in the past," says Jim Fredericks, director of
technical services for the NPMA. "As the weather warms, stink bugs
emerge from overwintering sites and try to exit structures, but
sometimes they enter our living spaces instead."
marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species from Asia that arrived in
Pennsylvania in 1996 and can now be found from South Carolina to
New Hampshire and west to Indiana, as well as in California and
Oregon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture warns that stink bugs
have the potential to spread throughout the country, which could be
harmful to the agricultural industry, as they destroy crops.
"Although these smelly pests do not pose serious property or
safety threats to homeowners, 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."
NPMA offers the following tips:
- Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling
fans and light switches.
- Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less
attractive to stink bugs.
- Repair damaged window screens. Also screen attic and crawlspace
- Use a vacuum to eliminate stink bugs indoors. Seal vacuum's
contents in a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.
- If an infestation develops, contact a professional
- Remember that a licensed pest
professional can pre-treat homes for stink bugs before they
become a problem.
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