These Guys Are Really Bugging Me!

| 11/1/2013 9:42:00 AM

Tags: bugs, insects, fall, beetles,

Of Mice and Mountain MenAt first it was lady bugs – or more properly, Lady Bird Beetles. Not the American Ladybugs: they are beneficial in the garden and noninvasive, we loved them. But the Asian Ladybugs imported by the forestry department to control their Hemlock Borer infestation became a real nuisance: they forced out the American Ladybugs and preferred to over-winter in our home with us. The American Ladybugs were never so rude as to move in en masse uninvited.

This year there has been a distinct lack of Ladybugs of any nation. Japanese Beetles were bad and I put out traps in an effort to control them, but they still decimated my bean plants.

As fall set in and we braced for the Ladybug war, they have not appeared. But an even more heinous cousin did; the Stink Bug. There are thousands of them in our yard, hundreds crawling on our home; including our porch, and dozens of the odiferous insects in our home.

Stink Bug

Where Did They Come From?

It seems these nasty fellows hitched a ride here from Asia (where else), probably in some packing crates. They were first collected in September 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

11/3/2013 7:22:05 AM

Allan, sounds like the bug battle is on. Fortunately, here in Nebraska, we haven't had the bug problem that you are dealing with. I attribute my garden bug free summer to the wild turkeys that like to visit my garden. I can see evidence of them scratching around in the mulch but they don't seem to bother any plants or fruits from the plants. Well, that is, except for the sweet corn. They like to scratch the seeds out of the ground and peck at the small seedlings when they sprout. Losing a few corn plants is a small price to pay for a bug free garden. ***** Have the best bug free day that you can.

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