Invasive bug causes a stink

Garden Q&A

March 17, 2007|By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to The Sun

Help! We're being invaded by stinkbugs. We have literally hundreds, maybe thousands, inside and out. The smell is horrible.

The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMS) is one of the latest invasive pests to slip into Maryland. The Department of Agriculture is tracking it. Please report new sightings to us. (It's already in Washington, Prince George's, Howard, Montgomery, Frederick counties and Baltimore City.) Control BMS indoors by repairing openings where they enter. Vacuuming effectively removes them indoors. Stinkbugs overwinter outside in fallen leaves and garden debris, so clean up foundation beds next fall. There are no registered pesticides for control at this time.

Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and David Clement is the center's director. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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