Thursday, November 11, 2010
7. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug ( Halyomorpha halys )
Oh joy! You'll be pleased to know that I've had "experience" with these before ( said "experience" is seeing them and holding them that's all ). I had no idea these were pests. Well until they start fucking my garden I won't hate them.
Hell I don't hate them because they haven't done anything to me. XD In fact they've helped me not have a complete and total breakdown this year. How? Well it's rather personal but I had found one in my house crawling on the wall right before I lost it and let's just say it prevented me from having a breakdown because it made me feel better.
As for knowing about them all I knew is that they were a type of stink bug and that I've seen plenty before. I had no idea they were a pest.
It's a shame because I like them. Hell I'll always like them just don't fuck up my garden. *^^* So anyway on with the info on these babies!
As always from Wikipedia ( do extra research ):
Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug, or simply the stink bug, is an insect in the family Pentatomidae, and is native to China Mainland. It was accidentally introduced into the United States, with the first specimen being collected in September 1998. The brown marmorated stink bug is considered to be an agricultural pest.
The brown marmorated stink bug is more likely to invade homes in the fall than others in the family. The brown marmorated stink bug survives the winter as an adult by entering houses and structures when fall evenings start to turn cold.
Adults can live for several years and look for buildings to overwinter in that shield them from the elements. They will work their way under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, under roof shingles and into any crawl space or attic vent which has openings big enough to fit through. Once inside the house they will go into a state of hibernation where they wait for winter to pass, but often the warmth inside the house causes them to become active, especially in winter months, and they will fly clumsily around light fixtures.
Awwwww.....♡ *^^* And now here's AOL bashing them. XD
What they threaten: Farmers, and they could embarrass some business owners in their own stores.
Modus operandi: Although the United States has plenty of stink bugs, this one first showed up in Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, they've been attacking farmers' crops, including apples, figs, peaches, citrus and mulberries. On the plus side, "Often, they just do cosmetic damage rather than actually destroying the fruit," says Ron Harrison. Of course, try telling a potential customer the apple he's eying isn't as disgusting as it looks. As for getting into a place of business, they won't -- unless you have cracks around your windows or doors, or if they can find a way through the utility pipes or by invading your siding.
Fun fact: Once stink bugs move into your storefront, they will come year after year. They return because they can smell the odor they left behind. It's kind of like leaving out a sign to other stink bugs that your establishment is a fun vacation spot.
- AOL Small Business
Well that's all folks. I also found a PDF on them that I'll post my download linky for in a bit so expect an edit on that.
And I wouldn't mind having some visit me. But not too many. *^^*