Does your part of the country has to deal with these critters? Here in the suburbs in D.C. area, we have them by the hordes, with the numbers still increasing.
Even during the winter season, not a day goes by that I don't find in the house every single day several stink bugs — the first daily one dubbed "the morning stink bug" and promptly dispatched. Until a few years ago, I'd never even seen one of these insects.
Usually, pets will hunt down and dispose of a few six-legged pests. But not in the case of these brown marmorated stink bugs!
Now we learn that the invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs will be ramping up this spring and summer. Oh, joy.
A short video from my local television station WUSA9:
Read about the local invasion of these stink bugs HERE.
No wonder we have so many of these detestable pests! According to Wikipedia:
* Stink bugs typically have four generations per growing season in Asia, and one after transplantation to the US, but an unusually warm and early spring and summer have apparently allowed them to produce two generations in this growing season in regions like Maryland and Northern Virginia.We don't have enough predators (spiders, praying mantises, and certain wasps) to bring these waves of invading stink bugs under control. According to Rutgers University, use of pesticides does not necessarily lead to pest control for these stink bugs, either.
* The extra generation means that some states are seeing more bugs in more places than in previous seasons. Adults are living longer, depositing eggs longer and maturing more generations to lay even more eggs.
At least, these nasty critters, the six-legged kind, don't sting or bite.