Research continues into how a tiny parasitic wasp from Asia could help reduce the stink bug population, Leskey adds. The wasp, which remains under quarantine in research labs here in the USA, only attacks stink bug eggs.
"Stink bugs do not pose serious property or safety threats to homeowners, but their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance," says Missy Henriksen, NPMA spokeswoman.
"The Mid Atlantic experienced long periods of sustained hot weather this summer, allowing stink bug populations to grow to much higher levels than we saw in 2011," explains Jim Fredericks of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Stink bugs are back
In what's becoming an annual ritual, the smelly, annoying scourge of homeowners from coast to coast are crawling inside homes across the country this fall as the weather cools off.
"I've seen homes infested with hundreds, if not thousands of them," reports entomologist Kim Reynolds of HomeTeam Pest Defense, who says the company is getting an uptick in calls about stink bugs in recent weeks.
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hiding in attics and inside walls. Department of Agriculture reports. The five new states since last year are Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Idaho. of a couple who had been camping in Pennsylvania, according to reports from HomeTeam Pest Defense.
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