Will a Christmas tree attract stinkbugs?

December 17, 2009|By Ellen Nibali | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Question:I hesitate to put up a Christmas tree this year, despite having three-year-old twins who would love to have one, due to my concern about stinkbugs living in it. This fall/winter, my house was infested with stinkbugs. I am not knowledgeable enough to determine which pesticide is environmentally safe to use in the house. What extermination company knows how to get rid of this bug in order to save Christmas?

Answer: It is not necessary to hire a pest control company to deal with your marmorated stinkbugs. They do not feed or reproduce indoors. They simply want a warm place to overwinter and will not be attracted to a Christmas tree. Go ahead and put up your tree. Indoor chemical treatment is not recommended for marmorated stinkbugs. Vacuuming is the safest method of control. For more information on what to do about this latest non-native invasive insect, call us or go to http://www.hgic.umd.edu/content/brownstinkbug.cfm

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