Although you don’t want a relationship with this bug, if you live in any of the affected areas, it’s in your life for the time being. And if your relationship with the stink bug was to be defined in social media, you could say “It’s complicated”.
What makes this bug so complicated? Start with the fact that it’s an invasive species, non-native to the U.S. So it has no natural insect enemies to keep its populations in check.
It’s also the fact that it’s a pest both outdoors and indoors. And the fact that their “stink” is a defensive measure to warn other stink bugs of a threat – not tell them there’s a party.
But the main thing that makes stink bugs so complicated is the fact that controlling them is counterintuitive; when they’re out in the open and most visible is not the easiest or best time to trap them.
Stink bugs are most noticeable and cause the most panic when they congregate on the side of a house – usually on the sunniest side, and usually in September and October. However, this is the time it gets complicated. A switch goes off in their tiny stink bug brains when their focus is only on finding a warm indoor spot to go to sleep. They don’t respond to the outdoor trap with the pheromone lures, and they won’t respond to light traps either. They almost become tiny robots that don’t react to any outside stimuli. Your best bet if you want to get them off the house in fall may be to use a spray that makes direct contact with the bug. From October until January, you may be stuck with stink bugs hibernating in your home.
Once the calendar year changes over, stink bugs wake up from hibernation inside your house. They do this when they run out of food stores and their body tells them it’s spring – even if there’s snow on the ground.
You can use the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap with the light attachment in your attic to catch stink bugs as they wake up from hibernation.
But the real opportunity to significantly decrease the stink bug population happens outdoors.
When is the best time to trap stink bugs outdoors? There are two critical windows to stop their spread:
Early spring, around April 1: This is when stink bugs start to emerge from houses and head to the foliage to mate and multiply. Since a single female stink bug can lay up to 400 eggs over the summer, this is an optimal time to break their life cycle by catching them in the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap. Think of every stink bug you catch as hundreds that will never be around in the fall.
Late August/early September: This is when stink bugs that were hatched from eggs laid over the summer reach adulthood and appear in greater numbers. As gardens reach maturity and trees produce fruit, they provide sources of food so the bugs can fatten up to prepare for hibernation. Those who have used our Stink Bug Trap consistently over the spring and summer report a sharp spike in the number of stink bugs caught two weeks before Labor Day.
Here are three time periods to remember if you want to trap stink bugs:
1) January 1: When you put holiday decorations away, get out the trap. Use the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap indoors with the light attachment to catch stink bugs during January, February and March as they wake up from hibernation.
2) April 1: Don’t be fooled; use the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap outdoors to catch stink bugs before they mate and multiply.
3) August 15: When kids are preparing to head back to school, stink bugs are getting ready to head back to the house. Use the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap outdoors to catch them before they get there.
The eco-friendly OrnamenTrap™ appears to be just another garden accessory, but it actually catches the yellowjackets or flies. This newest trap from RESCUE!® is the solution for homeowners who want to control pests around an outdoor living area and desire a device that is attractive in the garden and isn’t recognizable as a trap.
The filigree design and metallic plastic are crafted to resemble weathered, cast copper, complementing all backyard styles and patio decor.
“The OrnamenTrap™ combines the appeal of being a non-toxic pest control solution and an American-made product with the element of beautiful outdoor décor,” explained Rod Schneidmiller, president and founder of Sterling International, makers of RESCUE! ® products. “This reusable trap is the perfect addition to add beauty to any modern or traditional garden, while shielding homeowners from buzzing insects.”
Design-centric bloggers agreed! The OrnamenTrap™ was a favorite at BlogHer’13, the largest conference for influential bloggers nationwide. The new trap had bloggers buzzing over the concept of a beautiful, affordable and reusable lawn ornament that also keeps families safe from stinging yellowjackets or annoying flies.
The two traps, one for yellowjackets and the other for common nuisance and filth flies, use the same effective formulas as the RESCUE!® Disposable Yellowjacket Trap and the RESCUE!® Disposable Fly Trap.
The trap comes complete with RESCUE!®’s proven water-soluble attractant. Simply add water to activate it. Instead of using harmful killing agents, insects are lured into the trap, where they drown.
The traps come with a choice of yellowjacket or fly inserts, each lasting two weeks. Both will be available nationwide in Home Depot and Walmart stores and select garden centers in spring of 2014 and will retail for $11.99. Refill inserts will retail for $5.49.
With cutting edge technology and patented advanced natural pest attractants, RESCUE!® has been making pest control smarter for years. Now, with the new OrnamenTrap™, RESCUE!® is also making pest control decorative.
Catching these pests, which feed on and destroy nearly every key feature in a landscape, is vital to maintaining a healthy garden, saving money on replanting, and most importantly, sparing homeowners from the insanity caused by their damage.
While Japanese beetles are universally despised, opinions differ on the best way to battle them. Options range from pesticides to picking them off by hand. However, according to an expert on the subject, pheromone traps are the most effective, environmentally friendly method of combating Japanese beetles.
For 35 years, Dr. Michael Klein was a research entomologist at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) lab, specializing in garden insects. Japanese beetles are his area of expertise. Over the years, he has used pheromone traps to protect the prized rose bushes and other plants in his own back yard.
Dr. Klein says the myths about Japanese beetle traps are misconceptions and offers these three "myth busters" to help gardeners win the battle against beetles:
Myth #1: Traps lure Japanese beetles from miles around.
Wrong! The facts: Most attractants lure beetles from no more than 200 yards, says Dr. Klein. Japanese beetles, however, are strong fliers and travel several miles, touching down at random intervals to see what's available for a meal. If your yard looks attractive, they will come in for a landing on your plants -- unless you have a trap to intercept them. The traps only lure beetles that are already in flight near the yard. The one place traps could be a problem is around the edge of a golf course or other large turf area, Dr. Klein says, but not in your average yard.
Myth #2: Traps make the problem worse by luring more beetles than they catch.
Wrong! The facts: This is the biggest misconception in Japanese beetle history. The problem occurs when traps are placed incorrectly. If next to a rose bush, a large number of beetles will be lured to that area, and some may land on the roses rather than in the trap.
Dr. Klein offers these tips for using Japanese beetle traps effectively:
• Enlist your neighbors to battle the beetles, too. Traps are effective in one yard alone, but when neighbors band together and put out traps in their yards, the overall beetle numbers are greatly reduced. Consider it a "neighborhood watch" for garden invaders!
Myth #3: Pesticides are safe to use on Japanese beetles.
So wrong! The facts: Insecticides work on adult beetles, but they also kill beneficial insects such as honeybees. Traps offer safe and "green" alternatives to chemical sprays targeting these bugs. Dr. Klein maintains, "Lure traps provide a visible means of combating a Japanese beetle problem without having a negative effect on the environment."
This summer, spend fewer hours hand-picking beetles and properly hang a pheromone trap. Then enjoy the garden and watch as beetles pile up and your plants are protected.
The RESCUE!® Japanese & Oriental Beetle Trap, backed by years of research, slowly releases a natural pheromone over 8 weeks, while competitors' traps start with a stronger plume and burn off more quickly.
The one-season Reusable RESCUE!® Japanese & Oriental Beetle Trap's zippered bottom allows beetles to be easily discarded if the bag fills up before the season is over. Made of highly durable, double-layered nylon, the bag withstands bad weather and the test of time. The all-in-one design, welded construction and capacity for holding a large number of beetles make it ideal for home gardens.
"Use the traps and you'll be happy with them," exclaims Dr. Klein. "Nine out of ten homeowners who use a bag trap are satisfied with the results. Whether it's because revenge is sweet or because they are actually seeing fewer beetles is irrelevant!"
The RESCUE!® trap is also the only trap to catch an additional pest: Oriental beetles. These relatives of the Japanese beetle damage the roots of turfgrass, fruit and ornamental plants, and they only fly at night -- making hand-picking nearly impossible.
So there you have it: Myths busted and facts prove the case for pheromone traps... specifically the RESCUE!® Japanese & Oriental Beetle Trap!
Insect populations grow exponentially. A single female stink bug can lay up to 400 eggs in one season. So the mind-boggling thing is that if these adult stink bugs had been left alone to mate, Jeff could be looking at thousands of baby stink bugs being hatched in his yard very soon. His garden would be overrun in short order, and by fall there could be tens of thousands of stink bugs trying to get inside his house.
What's your approach to stink bug control: Trap them preemptively, or hope they go away... and panic when they appear en masse on the side of your house in September?