Common bugs in the Chicagoland area include stink bugs, pantry moths, box elder bugs, silverfish and earwigs.
The brown marmorated stink bug or BMSB (Halyomorpha halys) is a relatively new pest for the Chicago area. It has been a serious crop pest in many Eastern states for a number of years. In the Chicago area it is mostly a nuisance pest, showing up in homes in fall. There are many species of stink bug, but they are not all pests. Some are predators feeding on other insects and some are plants pests, but do only minor damage. In many Eastern states, the brown marmorated stink bug has become a pest of many fruits, vegetables and other crops, as well as a number of trees and shrubs. BMSB is non-native. It was introduced from Asia.
Box Elder Bugs
Boxelder bugs get their common name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is native to the western states, but can be found from eastern Canada throughout the eastern United States, and west to eastern Nevada, wherever boxelder trees are found. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest as they they enter structures, including homes, sheds and garages to overwinter.
Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish are also known as “bristletails” because of their three long, bristle-like or tail-like appendages on the rear end of their body. Silverfish are found throughout the U.S. and are typically seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as bathrooms, basements and attics. They tend to hide their presence from humans, which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well. Read on to find out more about silverfish control and how to get rid of silverfish. They can cause property damage by chewing holes in upholstery and paper goods such as books and wallpaper.
Earwigs are slender insects that get their name from the old European myth that they crawl into people’s ears and tunnel into their brains while they are sleeping. While this superstition has no scientific backing, the pincers located on the back of an earwig’s abdomen are quite frightening to many people. There are more than 20 different earwig species occurring in the United States. Read on to learn about earwig control and how to get rid of earwigs. Certain types of earwigs will target seedlings, potentially rendering crops and garden plants unproductive due to the damage caused by these insects.
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