Stinkbugs Descend on Eastern U.S.

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Stinkbugs, known for emitting a foul odor when disturbed, are in Pennsylvania and New Jersey — and may be preparing to settle in for the winter, experts say.

Eating their way across fields and orchards in both states, the pests often spend the winter bedded down in the walls and insulation of homes, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.

“We’re expecting an epic year for stinkbugs,” research entomologist Richard Cooper said. “I’m just concerned that this won’t be big news until it’s too late for people.”

“When they’re knee deep in stinkbugs, they’re going to want to know what to do about it.”

August and the first half of September are the best time to attack stinkbugs, just before they head indoors, entomologist George Hamilton of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University said.

“We’re talking about preventing them from coming into people’s homes.”

Once indoors, “warm spells trick them into thinking it’s time to go outside, and that’s when people see them inside their houses,” he added.

Exterminators recommend insecticide treatment at entry points — attic vents, and door and window frames.

Homeowners shouldn’t think they can prevent all of the unwanted guests. “But you don’t have to leave it open to them. Seal up the major entry points, then leave the [insecticide] applications to the professionals,” Cooper said.

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