Stink bugs invasion – A growing problem

This is a one really nasty bug. It just eats everything. And possess a serious threat outdoors by gorging on fruits, vegetables, trees, and plants.

These, also known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), and is an insect in the family Pentatomidae.

The bugs are native to Asia. It was accidentally introduced into the United States, with the first specimen being collected in September 1998. The brown marmorated stink bug is an agricultural pest and by 2010–11 had become a season-long pest in U.S. orchards. It has recently established itself in Europe and South America. But have now spread to Europe, also in New Zealand. The BMSB pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia because of their tendency to hitchhike, highly mobile nature and the lack of effective lures.

The brown marmorated stink bug is a serious agricultural pest that has been readily causing damage to the crops. They feed on a wide array of plants including apples, apricots, Asian pears, cherries, corn, grapes, lima beans, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, and soybeans. This makes them extremely versatile as they do not require a specific plant to feed on. To obtain their food, stink bugs use their stylets to pierce the plant tissue to extract the plant fluids. In doing so, the plant loses necessary fluids, which can lead to deformation of seeds, destruction of seeds, destruction of fruiting structures, delayed plant maturation, and increased vulnerability to harmful pathogens. While harvesting the plant’s juices, the stink bug injects saliva into the plant, creating a dimpling of the fruit’s surface and rotting of the material underneath.

The insect uses over 170 plants for food and reproduction and threatens an estimated $21 billion worth of crops in the United States alone.

After spending spring and summer feasting outdoors, stink bugs seek shelter from the elements by making their way into homes through cracks, open windows, and air-conditioning vents.

They tend to gravitate toward homes with a heavy tree canopy and hang out on the upper floors. So if you spot flat brown bugs crawling along your bedroom ceiling or flitting around your attic or catch a whiff of something fruity and foul — it’s officially time to panic.

The headlines from newspaper show us the nuisance these bugs can cause:

Stink bugs expected to cause more problems

Apr 16, 2018│

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It’s spring, which means it’s stink bug season.

After hibernating all winter, these tiny brown bugs are expected to begin emerging from their hiding spots in homes and heading outdoors. While these bugs are harmless and don’t bite, they can be a nuisance.

The biggest threat they pose is to fruit trees.

Michigan State University scientists say this year is expected to be even worse. As the bugs climb out of their hiding spots, they may linger in your house a few days before heading outdoors. Experts say to not be surprised if you see dozens.

This invasive stink bug will kill your crops, infiltrate your house

Posted October 03, 2017 │REAL-TIME NEWS FROM AL.COM

Alabama has several species of stink bug that have been here for a long time, including one — the brown stink bug — that looks pretty similar to the brown marmorated.

However, the brown marmorated is more destructive to crops and more likely to try to infiltrate your home than Alabama’s native varieties.

The recent news is something that is an alert and making everyone aware;

Invasion of the stink bugs: Pest thrives in BC’s warm October

An aromatic insect shaped like a shield is lurking around homes and feasting on stone fruits in parts of southern British Columbia.

The brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species in Canada, is thriving in the province this season thanks to summer-like weather extending into the fall months, experts say.

“We’ve had a particularly warm, dry fall, which are perfect conditions for this stink bug,” said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Although population counts aren’t readily available, the unwelcome intruder is earning notice across the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and parts of the Okanagan, particularly Kelowna.

“We don’t have the science on that yet, but what we do know is we’re getting way more reports this year,” Wallin said, adding that could also be because people are spending more time outside and paying attention.

The Asian insect was first detected in British Columbia in 2015, five years after making its Canadian debut in Hamilton. It has also been spotted in Quebec, Alberta and P.E.I., according to the Invasive Species Centre.

The BC government describes it online as a “very serious pest” that feeds on more than 100 plant species. In 2010, it caused an estimated loss of $37 million to the apple industry in the mid-Atlantic United States, the province said.

The presence of just a few adults at crush can taint wine, creating contamination issues for grapes, it said.

The stink bug is an excellent hitchhiker and can be moved in shipping containers, wood, packing material, cargo and vehicles. It is also a nuisance to homeowners as the adults aggregate on and in buildings while seeking warm overwintering sites,” the BC government said.

In agricultural settings, farmers use insecticide-treated netting or predatory insects to control stink bug population. Homeowners try their best to keep the bugs away from getting inside in the first place but even when they do, they apply an insecticide as a perimeter treatment or even try some home remedies.

But how effective are these?

Isn’t there any better and more permanent solution to the nuisance caused by them?

In such a situation an effective method is needed which provides protection from the menace caused by these stinkbugs and hence C Tech Corporation has introduced an insect aversive named TermirepelTM.

TermirepelTM is an extremely low toxic, non-hazardous, non-mutagenic, and non-carcinogenic anti-insect aversive.

TermirepelTM works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of vital hormones for growth.

Masterbatch is to be incorporated with polymers while processing them and can be used for producing agricultural film, pipes, wires and cables, polymeric parts for agricultural utilities, and polymer sprinklers. The wires and cables used for household appliances can also be incorporated with the masterbatch.

The liquid concentrate is to be mixed with paints in a proper ratio and can be applied to the interior and exterior of houses, offices, areas of mass transit, etc. Also, the concrete walls around the farms can be painted in the same way.

Since the stinkbugs are found in the areas like bookcases; under beds and sofas; in cracks under or behind baseboards, windows, and door trim; and in attics, we need to repel them from such places. Our lacquer form product can be applied on wooden applications to which the pests are attracted the most. The lacquer is compatible with a variety of surfaces like metal, polymer, ceramics, wood, concrete, etc.

TermirepelTM is the best protection against Stinkbugs!

Our products are REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), RoHS2 and RoHS3, APVMA, NEA – Singapore compliant and are also FIFRA (Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) exempted. Ours is the first and only product in the world that are compliant with European Union’s Biocidal Product Regulation (EU BPR).

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