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Are stink bug populations declining?

Posted by: Cooper Pest

Will the populations of annoying stink bugs that invade residential homes and businesses in the fall be as bad in 2015 as they were in 2010 when they seemed to be everywhere? Experts agree that brown marmorated stink bug populations peaked in 2010 and have since declined. While there have been theories, the exact cause of the decline is not known, according to Cooper’s technical director, Richard Cooper.

Mr. Cooper serves on the USDA Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group and indicated that experts are searching for answers to explain the fluctuations in population size from one year to the next. Harsh winters and increased predation and parasitism by other insects are among the more common hypotheses among experts who study the pest.

So what can we expect for 2015? According to Dr. George Hamilton, Rutgers University, 2015 is expected to bring similar populations as we experienced last year http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/grassroots/2015/03/19/pesky-stink-bugs-nj/25004751/.

So while the experts have their guesses, the general decline of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from 2010 is still a mystery, but there are still plenty of the annoying household invaders around. If you have a stink bug problem in your NJ or PA home, Cooper is here to help. Give us call at 1-800-949-2667 or click here to learn about our Stink Bug Prevention Service.

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