The hits just keep coming, in the form of more unwelcomed 6-legged visitors whose real home is across the seas.
A mass of annoying bugs has washed over our Lake County neighborhood Pewaukee and Wisconsin in the past two decades: the Japanese beetle and gypsy moth to name a few. All are native to foreign countries. All have caused environmental and economic havoc in the United States, where no natural predators exist to control them.
The latest invader winging its way here will literally make a smell.
The brown marmorated stink bug is ¾-inch long, with a wide back side that tapers to a point, and a rectangular head with long antennae. Native to China and east Asia, the insect has been traveling west since being first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001.
Its name is well-earned. When smushed or crushed, the brown marmorated stink bug emits a strong, creature you'd invite into your Lake County house, right?
Fortunately, the brown marmorated insect hasn't arrived in large numbers in Lake County or WI. Stink bug control isn't much of an issue yet. Yet it's only a matter of time.
Farmers abhor them for more than their smell. The stink bug feast on tree fruits, vegetables, sweet corn and soybeans. Mid-Atlantic apple growers sustained an estimated $37 million in crop losses in 2010 to marmorated stink bugs.
The Asian invasive has a relative that is native to the U.S. The insect looks a lot like the brown marmorated version, except the colors of their undersides are different. We somehow doubt you'll get that far identifying them, though.
Brown marmorated stink bugs like to winter inside Lake County homes. If you step on one, you'll figure it out quickly. The nose knows. If you see more in your Lake County house or yard, don't smush them – contact The Mosquito Guy to address their presence in a safe, non-stinky fashion. Unlike these insects, we'll never stink up your joint.
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