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August 15, 2011
Now STINK BUGS are not only damaging crops but as temperatures cool these ugly, smelly, and nasty flying insects will be invading homes and other structures for warmth. Last year it was only a few. Maybe as many as 10 or 20 Stink Bugs worked their way into the houses in Nassau and Suffolk. Maybe the home or business owner didn’t really know they were STINK BUGS but just thought it was a strange beetle. This 2011 late summer and fall… it’s going to be a whole NEW STORY.
It appears that STINK BUGS have become “well established” and experts expect that in the late summer through early winter expect a STINK BUG infestation in the HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS. Last year in places in Maryland there were cases where STINK BUGS infested a home by the thousands and homeowners called in professional exterminators who later removed the dead STINK BUGS by the shovel load.
Unfortunately, STINK BUGS aren’t attracted to traps, experts are still discovering their behavior and biology, and worse of all…in laboratory insecticide trials to see what formulas kill STINK BUGS results were both frustrating from a pest control perspective but amazing from an entomologists point of view: ”…with 15 to 50 percent appeared to be dead, however over the course of a week, they came back to life. Normally when you spray an insecticide, dead is dead. Not this time”. STINK BUGS it appears are exhibiting a protective reaction called “moribund“. The STINK BUG falls into a semi–lifeless state as their bodies actively breakdown the insecticide, recover, and wake up. “It takes seven days to figure out if they’re dead”, says Tracy Leskey a research entomologist with USDA-ARS.
At this point there doesn’t seem to be a magic bullet and there is no ’better living through chemistry’ solution coming very soon. So what are home and business owners going to do when STINK BUGS invade their home or business? Call us, KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL. KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL knows how to prevent STINK BUGS from entering structures; KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL understands how to use pesticidal soaps, and more effective exterior pesticides that require application by a licensed pest control professional. And remember, it will be cutting edge pest control companies like KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL who will be asked to be the beta test site when pest control researchers are trying the latest innovations to combat STICK BUGS. KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL is on the forefront in combating TERMITES and BED BUGS… so KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL leading the way in fighting STINK BUGS is a natural fit.
So… if you see STINK BUGS congregating outside your home or commercial building, or you see one or two inside… call KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL right away. KNOCKOUT will put together a plan of action to combat your STINK BUG problem… before it becomes a STINK BUG nightmare. The earlier you address a STINK BUG problem the more effective the remedy.
COMMENT BY: Robert O’Donnell – Plainview 09/26/11
They’re here! There are stink bugs all around the windows in the back of my house are covered. I sprayed and sprayed them with an assortment of insect sprays and these stink bugs just flew or walked away. I tried to drown one in the bug spray and the damn thing just walked away. I couldn’t believe it. I was afraid to simply try to crush them because of the smell and there were just too many and too hard to get. I searched the internet and found this blog. I found what you say both helpful and disheartening. I guess I call you guys or another exterminator company, but boy between these stink bugs and everything I hear about bed bugs, these insects are getting harder and harder to get rid of. What’s next?
ARTHUR M. KATZ
The short biography
Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, and which serves the New York metropolitan area.He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management, his company, Knockout was one of the first companies to be chosen by Dow AgroSciences to offer the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System commercially in 1995, and is the forerunner in the use of the electronic Sentricon detection technology. These systems offer property owners protection from termite infestation utilizing an environmentally responsible solution. It was important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives. He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association. Most recently, Knockout donated over $20,000 worth of termite prevention and protection to Nassau County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums for use at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
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