SPRING TWP., Pa. - Entomologist Nancy Troyano is in the business of bugs. But lately, one pest has been peskier that the rest.
"It's been mind blowing," said Troyano, who works for Ehrlich Pest Control in Spring Township, Berks County.
Troyano said the brown marmorated stink bug has barely taken a break.
"Essentially, we've been getting calls non-stop since the fall," Troyano explained.
The fall is when Troyano said stink bugs tried to invade homes, looking for a spot to snooze. Throughout the winter, they were mostly hibernating.
"Now, they're going to start waking up and they're going to be looking to get outside," said Troyano.
That's good news for your house, bad news for farmers.
"They're gonna go on crops," said Troyano. "They're gonna go in gardens."
Troyano said last year brought about record numbers of stink bugs.
"I really think, based on that activity we saw last year, coupled with the fact that they're still spreading, we're going to see them a lot more this year."
Some forecasts are calling for Biblical invasions.
"Biblical might be a little dramatic," laughed Troyano. "But I think there is some truth in that."
What is different this year is the invasion of inventors.
Since the first stink bugs were discovered in Allentown in the 1990s, folks have come up with makeshift traps.
This year, some more professional products, like the Rescue Stink Bug Trap and Link: Strube's Stink Bug Trap , are making their way to market.
"I'm going to be one of those that's really interested to see the results," Troyano said.
Researchers are feverishly trying to find the solution to the stink bug stumper.
For now, it seems like while stink bugs continue a national sweep, we have to do the same.
"The best thing to do is take a broom and dust pan and sweep them up and bring them outside," said Troyano.
Allentown, PA 18102
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