ILLINOIS – Rotten cherries. That is the comparison that many use to describe the stench of the stench virus, a plague that came to the United States from Asia in the mid or late 1990s. Today, insects, which emit an unpleasant smell as a mechanism of defense to avoid being eaten by birds and lizards, can be found throughout the country, even here in Illinois.
According to the Morton Arboretum, "The Brown Marmoreal Stinky Bug or BMSB (Halyomorpha halys) is a relatively new pest for the Chicago area. It has been a serious crop pest in many eastern states for several years. In the Chicago area it is mainly an annoying plague, which appears in houses in the fall. "The insects are flat, with a shield-shaped body and antennae.
Chicago area residents should be aware that only managing pests can cause them to release the unpleasant stench, so if you see one, whatever you do, don't crush it.
There is a way of DIY to get rid of the disgusting bug. A group of researchers from the Virginia University of Technology conducted a study that found that, instead of an elegant gadget, all it takes is a container with water and a light to attract insects to their destination.
While store-bought stinky insect traps can cost up to $ 50, the homemade trap is easy and cheap. This is all you need:
A large pan (one of aluminum foil if you want to throw it away, because honestly, who wants to reuse a pan that has errors floating in it?)
Water and soap
A light to attract insects.
Researchers at the Virginia Tech School of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the best way to get rid of small insectors: simply fill an aluminum tray with soap and dishwashing soap, and place a light on the tray to attract Insects in a dark room. The trap eliminated 14 times more bed bugs than store-bought traps, the study found.
Insects, which can be as large as three quarters of an inch long, generally stay indoors when the weather cools in Chicago. A few years ago, the insect collection manager at the Crystal Maier Field Museum told DNAInfo that the best way to prevent them from entering is to seal cracks, doors, windows and any other entry point. If you see one in your home, there are many chances that there are many more.
Apart from the unpleasantness of its unpleasant stench, there is not much to fear from the annoying pests. According to Orkin, "stink bugs don't prefer to bite people. In fact, most species of bed bugs feed on plants. They suck the juice from the leaves, stems and roots of plants." They tend to attack seeds, nuts and fruits, including peaches, apples, tomatoes, green peppers, soybeans and nuts. Some stinky insect species are predators, but they eat other insects.
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Includes reports from patch editor Kara Seymour