Christopher Bergh, a Virginia Tech associate professor of entomology, said the overwintering population of bugs this past fall was “substantially larger” than that observed in 2011.
“I don’t want to raise any red flags unnecessarily,” he said. “But growers are going to definitely need to remain vigilant starting in the 2013 season.”
Bergh said the early arrival of spring last year also helped farmers and growers avoid the worst of the bugs; many early-season crops got a head start on the insects, which then emerged in smaller numbers.
“There was less opportunity for them to do damage,” he said.
But Tracy Leskey, a research entomologist with the Agriculture Department, said the reduced population of bugs “essentially rebounded over the course of the growing season” last year, and homeowners saw far more bugs come inside to spend the winter than they did the year before.
“We have been trapping in the late season, and we know the populations are probably at least 60 percent greater this year compared to ,” she said. “If they survive over the winter, there will be many more bugs in the spring.”
As for the stinkbug on the picture, he/she was found inside our chimney during an inspection, prior to repair, last week. According to the chimney guys, they often found the bug inside a chimney during a sweep in the fall.