Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What The Polar Vortex Means For Stink Bugs

The “Polar Vortex” isn't only effecting humans, the frigid temperatures have started to kill off the Asian stinkbug in large numbers. The spring time pest, known for invading homes and damaging crops for years, won’t be as prevalent this year. Normally the bugs have a strategy to deal with the winter temperatures, first finding refuge in walls and attics, then activating a chemical that acts as an internal antifreeze. But recent research has suggested that in weather this extreme, stinkbug’s natural defense isn't enough. Many researchers believe that the temperatures this winter have probably killed off many species of insects. Keep in mind that while you’re shoveling out your car, or cursing that pothole, when springtime roles around there will be less headaches.
Stink bugs are an agricultural pest that cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetables throughout the country. The odor from stink bugs is due to the trans-2-decenal and trans-2-Octenal. The pungent odor is often characterized to one similar to coriander. The stink bug’s ability to emit odor is essentially a defense mechanism to prevent it from being eaten by predators. However simple human interaction with the bugs, such as picking them up, can cause the noxious odor to be released.

When stink bugs invade a home they can be one of the most troublesome pests for homeowners. When a full on stink bug infestation is in place, it is important to call for professional pest control in NJ. Alco Pest Control is a team of professional NJ pest control experts that will ensure your home is rid of stink bugs, or any other pests you may encounter.

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  1. Thanks for your service to pest control management's role in protecting public health .
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