Spokane, WA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
Out of sight should not mean out of mind. The “great awakening” is upon us; stink bugs are ready to mate and multiply. Experts warn that now’s the critical time to catch stink bugs with a RESCUE!® stink bug trap before your gardens become their buffet.
Stink bugs have been called one of the most serious agricultural and ornamental pests ever seen in the United States. It is estimated stink bugs do millions of dollars of damage to crops and gardens each year. They particularly like fruit and berries, juicy tomatoes and veggies.
With nationwide record-setting warmer winter and mild spring temperatures, stink bugs are showing up earlier than many anticipated.
“In the Mid-Atlantic region they’re appearing from one to two weeks earlier than we normally see and are in the process of moving outdoors,” says Dr. George Hamilton, chair of the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University.
Hamilton says the brown marmorated stink bugs are a particular problem with the potential to wreak havoc on agriculture and home gardens at almost every growth stage.
With the early spring and plants coming out sooner and the possibility of warmer weather extending into fall, some scientists are wondering if there’s a potential for two generations of stink bugs showing up further north than they’ve seen before.
Dr. Qing-He Zhang, PhD, lead scientist and director of research at Sterling International, has developed a safe and effective solution for home gardeners to use outdoors. The RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap, catches adult stink bugs and the ravenous younger generations that feed on gardens and fruit bearing shrubs and trees.
Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International, developer of the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap explains why it is important to trap stink bugs now.
“It’s of the utmost importance to reduce the numbers of stink bugs now, to catch them before they mate and multiply,” says Schneidmiller. “Breaking the stink bug life cycle is critical because it is estimated that one female stink bug can potentially lay up to 400 eggs.”
Since stink bugs first appeared from Asia in 1998 near Allentown, PA, their numbers have exploded with the highest concentration in what has become known as the “red zone” states, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
And they’re on the move hitching rides across the nation.
According to United States Dept of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ ARS) in Beltsville, MD, four more states - Missouri, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - have reported sightings of invasive stink bugs, bringing the total to more than 37 states.
The RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap lures, captures and destroys these destructive pests using patent-pending technology that slowly releases a pheromone that’s odorless to humans and formulated to lure stink bugs from up to 30 feet. The non-toxic delivery system is similar to what Sterling has successfully used in other RESCUE!® traps for pests.
Celebrating its 30th year in business, Sterling International, Inc. offers RESCUE!® traps and attractants for wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, flies, Japanese beetles and Oriental beetles. Look for these products and the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap at home improvement centers, hardware stores and lawn & garden retailers throughout the U.S. All traps are manufactured in the USA at Sterling’s headquarters in Spokane, Washington.
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