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I've read several articles that the stinkbug population is expected to explode this year along the East Coast and inland:
"02-17-11 -- KNOXVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Enjoy the weather while you can.
Scientists warn the warm temperatures are waking a plague that's likely to hit biblical proportions: Billions of stink bugs -- far worse than last year -- hitting by the end of the month. "
SO it was good to see this article:
I hope the cure doesn't create its own problem, as some past solutions have done just that, for example Australia:
"Everyone in Australia is in agreement that the cane toads have got to go. The problem is getting rid of them. Cane toads, properly known as bufo marinus, are the most notorious of what are called invasive species in Australia and beyond. But unlike other species of the same classification, cane toads were intentionally introduced into Australia. The country simply got much more and much worse than it bargained for.
Before 1935, Australia did not have any toad species of its own. What the country did have however, was a major beetle problem. Two species of beetles in particular, French's Cane Beetle and the Greyback Cane Beetle, were in the process of decimating the northeastern state of Queensland's sugar cane crops. The beetle's larvae were eating the roots of the sugar cane and stunting, if not killing, the plants. The anticipated solution to this quickly escalating problem came in the form of the cane toad. After first hearing about the amphibians in 1933 at a conference in the Caribbean, growers successfully lobbied to have the cane toads imported to battle and hopefully destroy the beetles and save the crops. "
Hope those scientists are working fast!!
those Cane toads from Australia,,,,,,,just kidding!
find some tree frogs next summer and deposit them at the pond, there always used to be tons of tree frogs along the river bank behind the fair grounds, they would be non-invasive being locals already.
They might appreciate BOTH a lift and a no-predator zone. You've got plenty of bugs, right?
Tell the cats that they are not new toys!
I remember being outside the building where I worked and catching something out of the corner of my eye that didn't look right. Well it was a tree frog all scrunched up on a leaf! Too cool!! Couldn't get a decent pic though as the camera in the office didn't do close-ups *sigh* but I'll never forget that.
Had lots of wildlife in that area, nicely distracting from the woe-of-the-day.
lots of baby grasshoppers in the spring, after that plenty of water bugs will be around!
The water boatman bugs in the pond are there year round for the tadpoles.