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UMass Extension Landscape Message November 5, 2010

Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 5, 10 at 17:26

UMass Extension Landscape Message November 5, 2010

House Invaders - Numerous insects seek protected areas for the winter months and often become nuisance pests by invading homes. For all of these pests it is advised that homeowners inspect all caulking around windows and doors, and repair all screening, including attic vents, in order to prevent these insects from entering. Once inside, most can be vacuumed up and then the vacuum bag should be removed and sealed in a plastic bag to prevent the insects from crawling out. Some of the common fall nuisance pests include:

- ladybug
- boxelder bug
- western conifer seedbug
- brown marmorated stinkbug

(brown marmorated stinkbug? - I don't want no brown marmorated stinkbugs in my house...)


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RE: UMass Extension Landscape Message November 5, 2010

We don't have the brown marmorated stink bug here in New England, as least not yet. They were introduced to the Allentown PA area from Asia some time during the last 10 years. And they are on the move. I was visiting some friends in the NW suburbs of Philly in late September and the stink bugs were everywhere. And they can be damaging to crops and fruit trees. They will probably be in New England in the next 10 years or so. Just another invasive pest with no local predators to worry about.

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