Threat to America?
The United States is slowly being invaded, but not by terrorists, viral weapons or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
No, I call them the BUGS FROM HELL.
The Brown, Marmorated Stink Bug, from the insect family Pentatomidae, has been an agricultural pest in it’s native countries of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Of course, since pretty much everything we buy in America is imported from these countries, is it any wonder why we are now facing the same Homeland Security threat.
Okay, so I’m being melodramatic, but let’s be honest, they are a pain in the thick of our derrieres with their incessant buzzing and unnaturally disturbing odor when you squash them, but they are a threat to farming communities across the Mid Atlantic and beyond, because they seem to be reproducing at an alarming rate.
They were first collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
They were recorded in 37 counties in PA.
There are reported sightings all across the country from California to New York.
So, how do we get rid of these suckers?
A few suggestions, mechanical exclusions being the best method of course, you want to make sure that cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys and under the wood fascia are sealed by good, quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk.
Yes, there is a higher purpose for silicone other than increasing breast size, although there may be many men out there who would disagree.
For the outside, you may want to contact your local pest control operator in the fall, prior to bug congregation.
Now, even with all these preparations, I am almost certain they will adapt and manage to weesle their way into our homes and lives.
Be strong America! We will prevail!
Penn State – Entomology