What are stink bugs and how are they harmful?
The brown bugs that we see in our orchards and legume plants mostly in the mid-Atlantic region, sucking the juices from the fruits and plants are known as stink bugs. They have derived this name because when threatened or crushed they give out a stinking smell. These are one of the most adaptable and greedy pests found in the US. They are said to feed on around 300 types of plants like different types of fruits, soybeans, tomatoes, peanuts, carrots and a lot of other ornamental plants too. In US these stink bugs are a threat to crops worth about 21 billion dollars. Every year in the month of October, these bugs look for shelter in the suburban homes, looking for warm places to hibernate. Ask your exterminator in Pittsburgh to use the most effective methods first.
How did these stink bugs benefit from the government shutdown?
On the one hand while the shutdown of the government offices was causing great difficulty for the unpaid federal employees, on the other hand we have seen the nuisance pests i.e. the stink bugs benefit from government shutdown.
These nasty pests are expected to come out in flocks this year. This year the situation is same as the year 2010 when the outbreak of stink bugs was the highest. The government shutdown is to be blamed for this situation because the government-funded research work which finds out latest ways of controlling the population of the stink bugs, has been put to a halt due to the shutdown. The scientists of the Dept. of Agriculture of US, who are responsible for tracking and noting down the population of bugs, could not work on it because of the shutdown. This is the reason why these bugs have again exploded this year. There is a project run by the USAD which requires the house owners to count on the numbers of stink bugs in their homes and update it accordingly in their website. But due to the shutdown the website was also down and it was not possible.
Keeping all the aspects in mind we can say that the stink bugs this year seem to have enjoyed the shutdown.
What is the possible damage?
The major setback was the timing of the shutdown. It is in this pre-winter season when the bugs invade the houses to avoid the chills of winter, this is time when the entomologists get the opportunity to research on these bugs. But this year the stink bugs benefit from government shutdown as because of this shutdown the research work got delayed and the sting bugs’ population could not be checked. And this is going to cost the consumers and farmers millions of dollars in losses.
“I didn’t have the smallest clue that some creatures could even benefit from this shutdown. And when I came across your article, stink bugs benefit from government shutdown I was just shocked. Apart from the huge losses that the world had to bear due to the shutdown, the state’s agriculture and food supply is also going to be hit badly by these nuisance pests.”-C, Matheson, Texas, US.Read More