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Have you come to dread the sight of the brown, shield-shaped brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)? You’re not alone. These stink bugs are a nuisance to homes around Baltimore and an agricultural pest responsible for damage to many fruit and vegetable crops throughout the U.S.
The BMSB has:
• Mottled brown and cream colors on its back
• Black and white banding on the edge of its abdomen and on its antennae
• Six brown legs with faint white bands
• White to light gray underside with grey or black markings
The stink bug gets its name from the unpleasant smell it releases when it is threatened or crushed.
The BMSB sucks sap from leaves, fruits, buds and blossoms of fruit trees, creating spots and causing blossoms to drop prematurely or fruit to grow deformed. Plants like tomatoes, soy beans, lima beans and sweet corn are also susceptible to stink bug damage.
The stink bug lays clusters of 25 eggs from June through August. The eggs are light green and barrel shaped; the nymphs that hatch from them are yellowish and mottled with black and red. They go through five different stages before they reach adulthood.
BMSBs may seem to be everywhere within your home. To keep out as many as possible:
• Seal cracks around doors and windows with caulk and window stripping
• Remove window air conditioners (a favorite entry point)
• Put foam spray around electrical outlets on outside walls to seal cracks
• Repair screens
• Keep branches and tree limbs away from windows
• Use yellow bulbs instead of white for outside lights
You can suck the stink bugs up with a vacuum cleaner. (The stinky smell disappears quickly.) If you have large numbers clustered in one area, you can try brushing them into a bucket of soapy water, since they are not good swimmers.
If you can’t stand the thought of coping with the brown marmorated stink bugs for another season, give Brody Brothers a call at 410-653-2121. Stink bug extermination in Baltimore, MD can be a simple and effective method to keep these unwanted pests away.
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