It’s ok, I know….We all do!
At times they can be amusing to watch but that can also get old when they crawl back and forth across your TV screen, fall into your morning coffee, or hibernate in the sleeve of that coat you wanted to wear… (yea, I’m just sayin’ — we’ve all been there…..)
There’s not much you can do to get rid of them because their stinky spray actually attracts more of them. This makes no sense to me, by the way….if spraying the stink is a defensive move then why would others of their kind be attracted to the source of where there was danger? Anyway, so goes the way of the stink bug.
Naturally, I found that White-crowned Sparrows and other birds (chickens apparently) will eat them, although this isn’t too practical inside our houses. Another predator is spiders, and a few around our house have made up some nice little stink bug caches.
But so much for my experiences, I wanted to share with you a program coming up on Stink Bugs being offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. You can get all your questions answered. Here are the details:
FEBRUARY 9 PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON STINK BUGS
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the National Conservation Training Center are co-sponsoring a presentation about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug the evening of Wednesday, February 9.
The program will be held at NCTC at 7:00 p.m. in the large Byrd Auditorium in the Entrance Building.
Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.
The presenter will be Dr. Tracy Leskey, entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville.
Dr. Leskey and her colleagues at the Research Station are in the forefront of research into the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and she co-chairs a special USDA working group that is trying to find ways to respond to the problems the insect poses.
Native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was apparently introduced into the U.S. in eastern Pennsylvania in the late 1990s. Since then, it has become firmly established throughout the Middle Atlantic region and is rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.
First thought to be simply a nuisance, the insect has quickly proven to be an increasingly serious agricultural pest that is capable of causing widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops. Fruit growers in the Eastern Panhandle have been particularly hard hit over the past couple of years.