The hits just keep coming, in the form of more unwelcomed six-legged visitors whose real home is across the seas.
A tide of persistent species has washed over our Waterford neighborhood Pewaukee and Wisconsin in the past 2 decades: the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth to name a few. All are resident to foreign countries. All have caused environmental and economic mayhem in the U.S., where no natural predators exist to control them.
The latest invader winging its way here will literally make a smell.
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 smushed or stepped on, the brown marmorated stink bug emits a strong, overpowering you'd invite into your Waterford home, right?
Fortunately, the brown marmorated insect hasn't arrived in great numbers in Waterford or Wisconsin. 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 family member 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 Waterford homes. If you step on one, you'll figure it out quickly. The nose knows. If you see more in your Waterford home or yard, don't step on them – contact The Mosquito Guy to address their presence in a safe, non-stinky fashion. Unlike these bugs, we'll never stink up your joint.