Hope this is true!

VivVarble(8B)February 24, 2014

Link to an article I read about stink bugs and the possibility that this insane weather may have at least one positive side effect.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stink bug article

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I hope so too. Here, a local entymologist from the U of IL fielded a similar query the other day. He indicted most pests would survive--the exception being Japanese beetles. We had hoped this winter would halt the emerald ash borer, but it's unlikely. Insects are great survivors.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

"Insects are great survivors."

Especially in urban or suburban areas, where they can take shelter in heated human structures. Unfortunately, that is where most vegetable gardens are located.

I too am hoping that the severe cold will reduce some insect pests... and since JB are just beginning to move into my area, it wouldn't break my heart to slow them down for a year or two. Maybe SVB will be reduced too, if we are lucky.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 4:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
emorems0(PA - 6a)

I'm not holding out too much hope for the deep freeze killing the stinkbugs since they like to overwinter in people's houses. Judging by the fact that we've picked up and flushed at least one a day all winter long (yes, even when it was below 0) and during this recent warm up (in the 40s), we've had more like 2-3 a day. We got horrible swarms here last year and I have no doubt that my attic and siding are full of them just waiting for warmth to emerge and harass us again.

This year, I'm planning on treating the house (inside and out) with cedarcide. It's the only thing that I feel comfortable using around my kids and pets (and my garden) - it's made from cedar oil. I may even use the outside stuff (PCO Choice) on my pear trees after petal fall. It doesn't affect sight-driven insects like bees and butterflies and other important pollinators, just scent-driven ones like fleas, ticks and stink bugs.

The stink bugs were so bad last year, when they swarmed it was like something out of a horror film... and my husband wonders why my girls are afraid of them, lol. They also ruined my whole pear crop last year. I'm not ready to put faith in the freeze killing them off, not considering that I've had the little pests in my house all winter. I'm going to be proactive this year to make sure we don't end up with a repeat of last year.


Here is a link that might be useful: cedarcide

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:46PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Planting two seeds. Should I keep both?
I've always heard you should plant 2-3 seeds per container...
Boo hoo! Purple sprouting broccoli didn't survive the winter!
I was looking forward to early broccoli this year....
ffreidl z5a
Safe termite control for organic garden
We have termites in our organic garden again this year! Last...
jute for vines?
I picked up some jute twine to trellis my beans, cucumbers...
slowjane CA/ Sunset 21
pepper problems
Hey everyone! My pepper blossoms are falling off! I...
Ankjlkhu Bkjjghfy
Sponsored Products
Two King 300TC Pillowcases
$72.50 | Horchow
Philips Pendant Lights Allure 3-Light Brushed Nickel Hanging Pendant M261678
Home Depot
Nexus Satin Nickel Five-Light Chandelier
$373.00 | Bellacor
Florence Style Loft Wool Sofa in Chocolate Brown
$899.00 | LexMod
Six 6" Cocktail Napkins
$17.90 | Horchow
Florence Style Loft Left-Arm Leather Sectional Sofa in Tan
$1,499.00 | LexMod
Liberty Furniture Hearthstone Slate Night Stand in Rustic Oak Finish
Beyond Stores
Wright Stuff Black Two Light Bath Fixture
$299.00 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™