Are you being Bugged?
By Mary Tran
A year ago we asked you, “Have You Seen This Bug?” It was an alert, to let you
know that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a new pest attacking many
crops, might be coming to our county. There are plenty of BMSB in Sacramento and
other parts of the state. So far, there have been no sightings in our county. Whew!
The UC Cooperative Extension has actively watched for them since April, using traps
set up in several parts of our county. No BMSB have been caught to date. Now that
the weather is turning cooler, if there are any BMSB hiding out in our county they
will be looking for nice places to spend the winter, such as your house. That means
that the first person to spot one of these guys could be an innocent homeowner.
The BMSB may arrive in large numbers, or just singly, through house cracks, tiny
holes or clinging to windows, and they will stink if you try to sweep them or vacuum
If you find any suspect BMSB clustering on trees in your area, or in your house,
please try to collect a sample. Put it into a sealable plastic container
and bring it to UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville.
For questions or help with samples, you can contact