Allentown, Stink Bugs, and Pest Control Tips
Allentown, famous for hiding the Liberty Bell from the British, was also immortalized in a song by Billy Joel. It is the third most populous city in the state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are first and second) and is the county seat of Lehigh County. Wildwater Kingdom, a water theme park is located just outside of the city and many people enjoy going out for an evening of listening to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Located on the Lehigh River, Allentown has cool dry falls, cold and changeable winters and hot, muggy summers. Winter months will push in the mice as they search for food and warmth while the hot and muggy summer months can bring in the ants and other pests searching for water supplies and good nesting places. While ants are certainly a pain in the pantry, they are not nearly as problematic as the rodents who have to regularly chew and gnaw to keep their teeth from growing too long and will leave their nasty droppings everywhere they roam. Rodents carry ticks, fleas and other germ carrying pests along with them.
A rare Pest for Allentown?
Around 2001, the first officially reported case of the brown marmorated stink bug appeared in Allentown. It was nevertheless being described as mostly a household/ornamental plant pest in late 2008 and early 2009, but worries are that it will turn into a major agricultural pest. They are quite nasty and they stink.
Pest control tips
Allentown residents can follow these small tips to prevent pest infestations:
– Make sure food and water supplies are far away to pests.
– When bringing in paper bags or boxes from the grocery stores check them for pests.
– Do not allow wood to be stacked near your home.
– Clean up clutter and debris in your yard.
– Be vigilant of bugs or rodents in and around your home.