PUBLISHED ON March 18th, 2014
Local pest control services warn about an invasive species that’s hungry for the fruits, berries, legumes and vegetables in your garden—the brown marmorated stink bug. Native to Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug got to the U.S. by hitching a ride in a packing container that ended up in Pennsylvania in 1996. In addition to the offensive odors that they produce, Washing and Oregon pest control services state that the bugs damage young trees and the crops that local farmers grow.
The native rough stink bug is a beneficial pest that eats insects like aphids. It looks similar to the brown marmorated stink bug, but has a few distinct differences:
Brown marmorated stink bugs overwinter inside homes and buildings. As the weather warms, you may start to notice the invasive species around your property. Prevent the bugs from coming into your home by sealing any cracks on the exterior walls of your home and keeping your garden clean. Sealing needs to be done in late September before the insects begin to enter.
If you see a brown marmorated stink bug, employ the squish-on-sight tactic and report the sighting to an Oregon or Washington pest control company like Eden, or get in touch with your local country agricultural commissioner.