Latest WI Pest: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The hits just keep coming, in the form of more uninvited 6-legged visitors whose real home is across the waters.
A tide of invasive species has washed over our Ozaukee County neighborhood Pewaukee and Wisconsin in the past two decades: the emerald ash borer and Asian beetle to name a few. All are resident 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 stink.
The brown marmorated insect 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-deserved. When disturbed or stepped on, the brown marmorated stink bug emits an awful, overpowering you'd invite into your Ozaukee County house, right?
Fortunately, the brown marmorated stink bug hasn't arrived in great numbers in Ozaukee 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 stink. The insects feed 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 United States. 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 Ozaukee County homes. If you smush one, you'll figure it out quickly. The nose knows. If you see more in your Ozaukee County home or yard, don't step on them – contact The Mosquito Guy to address their presence in a safe, non-smelly fashion. Unlike these bugs, we'll never stink up your joint.
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