Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A New Scourge in the Sunshine State

Why are invasive species considered a problem? The reason is they upset the balance of an ecosystem. They sometimes explode in number and affect natural resources, the health of the human population, and the economy.

Native Florida pests already keep Florida pest control services in business. Does Florida need any more pests? If you ask anyone living there, they’d say they have plenty.

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has made its way to Southwest Florida. Keep reading to learn how to prevent and control a BMSB infestation in this helpful guide.

History of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

This insect is native to Eastern Asia and is considered a pest in the US because of the damage it causes to vegetable crops, fruit trees, and ornamental plants. Since they have no natural predators here, their population is very difficult to control. They move up to nuisance status when they move indoors during the colder seasons.

It’s believed that they came to the US through shipping materials back in the 1990s though their presence was not confirmed until 2001 in Allentown, PA.

The brown marmorated stink bug has since spread to other areas of the country. Florida and the Western US are now battling this invasive species. These bugs are in 43 of the 50 states to date. So far California has not had any reported damage from these insects, but it is a concern.

When the weather turns colder, they hibernate indoors in any building cracks or vacant areas. On warmer winter days, they become active and cause problems. When they become trapped inside, you may find dead stink bugs bodies scattered around your home or building.

What to Do About Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

As these insects make their way around the country, there are some things you can do to keep them out of your home and away from your property. Let’s take a look.

1. Seal Cracks and Crevices

Look for access points around your home…cracks in the stucco, openings around pipes, etc. Seal them to prevent insects from having a way in.

2. Clean Up Your Landscaping

Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed. Wood piles should be a good distance from the house and off the ground.

3. Inspect Items

Before you bring boxes or grocery bags into your home, check them for bugs. This is one way they travel and end up indoors.

4. Don’t Give Them a Food Source

Keep all pantry food items sealed. Make sure trash that with food scraps is contained. Vacuum or sweep crumbs up immediately.

Pest Control in Southwest Florida

Now that you know all about the brown marmorated stink bug and what you need to do to control an infestation, what is your best course of action to keep them from damaging your fruit trees, vegetable crops, and moving indoors?

Do you know who can help you with all of your pest control needs? We at Coastal Lawn and Pest Control are a family-owned and operated business. We provide exceptional service at competitive prices. Contact us today.