Stink Bugs Invading Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Charlotte area is seeing an infestation of a pesky bug. People learn how to handle them after one bad experience. Believe it or not, our weather may be to blame for the increase in stink bugs.
Becky says a quick errand for her and her three boys turned into a horrible ride when a stink bug popped up in their van, "Everyone starts screaming, I'm trying to drive, trying to figure out what's wrong. He's trying to climb out of his seat and then the stink invaded the car. "
Noosa Pest Management's Chief Bugman Fred Wingate says they first migrated to the Carolinas in 2009 and they're multiplying rapidly, "Over the past few years we haven't seen a whole lot of cold temps for an extended period of time for a large kill off. These bugs are actually able to regenerate maybe twice or three times."
Wingate says he's getting a lot of calls from the northern part of the city. Stink bugs emit a nasty smell when they're killed, "The bug has these glands inside of it it's a little bit of a defense against the predatory wasp."
If you're home gets infested, here's no miracle pesticide. The best advice is to vacuum them up. You should also caulk around your doors and windows to keep the bugs out.
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