Tag Archives: fall invader

Homeless insects and energy audits

When cold weather comes knocking, it should be no surprise that hundreds, or even thousands, of insects may be waiting for you to open the door this fall.  It’s not like you can really blame them.  They are just temporarily homeless critters looking for a warm place to spend the winter. I was staying at a hotel this week in Austin for the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting, and on my 23rd floor window I looked out and saw dozens of hackberry nipple-gall maker insects on the… Read More →

Another fall pest for Texas homes?

The brown marmorated stink bug is the latest in a string of unwelcome foreign pests that want to share our homes during the winter months.  A couple of weeks ago I posted a description of the hackberry nipplegall maker, which is a native insect pest that enters homes in the fall.  The brown marmorated stink bug (let’s call it BMSB) is from Asia and has been settling into its new home in the eastern U.S. since it was first noticed in Pennsylvania in 1998.  It was spotted in south… Read More →