West Chester, PA (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
For those living in the Mid-Atlantic states, it has become an all-too-familiar scene this time of year. Thousands of brown stink bugs swarming in their gardens and congregating on the sides of their houses, looking for any opening wide enough to squeeze through.
Bill Campbell, of West Chester, PA, was once such a victim, fighting a losing battle with the bugs in 2009. “I just couldn’t keep the darned things out of my house. It dragged on for weeks and was so frustrating.”
“I looked for solutions on the internet,” recalls Campbell, “but there was so much bad information out there. Many sites recommended squishing the bugs but anyone who tries that knows right away it’s horrible advice. Not only does that release the foul odor but it attracts even more of the pests.”
Campbell eventually got the upper hand on the insects by using a clever trick to find out all the places they were getting in. Armed with this information, he was then able to seal up each opening and clear the house of the bugs already inside.
After that, he ran a series of experiments to see which substances were effective in keeping them away from his home and garden. “I hate the idea of spraying poison, so I tried every natural thing I could think of, which led to some interesting surprises. I mean, who would have thought that cayenne pepper or mineral clay could be effective barriers when applied correctly?”
At the insistence of friends and neighbors, Campbell ended up writing a how-to guide for anyone else struggling with a stink bug problem. “I didn’t want to keep everything I discovered a secret. I wanted others to know that there’s a reliable way to deal with the problem without having to call an exterminator or spray insecticides.”
“As long as they’re willing to follow the checklist,” Campbell insists, “anyone can get these bugs out of their house and prevent them from getting back in. As a great bonus for their efforts, they should also see a nice reduction in their utility bill.”
Outside gardens can be a much bigger challenge in the face of a stink bug infestation. “Nothing is one hundred percent,” says Campbell, “but there are several natural, organic methods to discourage stink bugs from taking over your garden, especially tomato plants. Stink bugs love tomatoes. But the good news is these methods will also ward off other insect species from bothering fruits and vegetable plants too.”
Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse, not better. Just a few years ago, stink bugs were reported in only a handful of states near the Eastern seaboard. Now, in 2012, they are causing problems in 35 states.
“It used to be just a regional problem here in Pennsylvania and in New York, Virginia, and Maryland,” adds Campbell, “but each fall season I hear from readers in a wider area, including Florida and even California this year. I don’t think they’re going to stop spreading until an effective predator emerges to balance things out.”