Uh-oh, it seems I’m once again writing about another nonnative insect. However, the calls and questions are starting because it’s the time of year that insects start to come into our homes. Cooler conditions outside make warmer homes more inviting and ladybeetles, spiders and the Brown Marmorated Stink bug find their way in, often in large numbers.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is relatively new to the U.S. It was brought here accidentally in the mid 1990’s from the Far East. According to the EPA, as of 2011 this stinkbug is now in 36 states and in D.C. and is affecting fruit and vegetable crops. The Washington Post reported in the Mid-Atlantic region, where Brown Marmorated Stink bugs are well established, they caused an estimated $37 million in damage in apple crops alone in 2010.
This heavy bodied insect is loud when flying inside the home. Luckily, they do not bite humans or pets. However they live up to their name and produce a foul odor when threatened or squashed. Keeping them out is a matter of sealing up your home and reducing entry points. For more information visit OSU extension’s web site (link: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/pdf/FS_3824_08.pdf).