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Why are there so many stink bugs this year in New Hampshire?

Why are there so many stink bugs this year in New Hampshire?

The western conifer seed bug has invaded homes across the state this fall. Alan Eaton is a specialist in entomology at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Eaton about this invasion and why we’re seeing so many of the bugs this season.

What months are stink bugs active?

The most active season for stink bugs is primarily March through September. But, if temperatures rise significantly during the winter, stink bug season can continue well into the winter months.

How long is stink bug season?

According to Orkin, “Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs,” often referred to as simply “stink bugs,” are the most active from March to September. The peak season is during fall months.

Is 2020 a bad year for stink bugs?

According to Mental Floss, a new study from Penn State Extension entomologist Greg Krawczyk predicts 2020’s “stink bug” season will be a bad one. The reason is because of this year’s mild winter and the hotter than usual summer has resulted in two generations of stink bugs, instead of one.

When to expect stink bugs in New Hampshire?

Of course, it is 2020, so there’s some bad news, too: As surely as the calendar turned to September, fall will arrive and stink bugs will be looking for a place to freeload over the winter. You’ll recognize them by their marbled or streaked, or marmorated, appearance.

What kind of bugs are in New Hampshire?

Another dozen states report agricultural and nuisance problems. In in New Hampshire, surveillance by Stop the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug shows the bugs are a nuisance with a tendency to reproduce.

How many stink bugs are in South Carolina?

Not every homeowner has a stink bug horror story like that of Pam Stone and Paul Zimmerman, who discovered 26,000 stink bugs invaded their home as the cool air of fall came to South Carolina. They had left doors open leading to a second-story deck outside their bedroom, and the stink bugs marched right in as if they owned the place.

When do stink bugs start to come in?

This invasive insect presents two types of problems: it can be a significant household nuisance, and a serious agricultural pest. In late August and early September, these stink bugs instinctively search crevices and cracks, looking for a protected location to overwinter.