This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, Part III

It’s Just a Habit: part three in a series of notes for POD 2011

Oh, POD knows what it’s like to hate. Loopers, cucumber beetles, aphids, whiteflies, stinkbugs — oh yeah, to the kill.

Loopers: bacillus thuringiensis
Whiteflies: yellow sticky traps and lots of yellow marigolds
Aphids: Recycled aluminum foil mulch and maybe diatomaceous earth
Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs: Vigilance — these nasties have no local predator or proven killer.

Bug Mystery Solved, Unfortunately

Thanks to Plants on Deck’s gardening buddy BH and the magical Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the mystery has been solved.

BH commented, “They also look not unlike the malicious Brown Marmorated Stink Bug which Brendan Skwire over at Brendan Calling wrote about for City Paper earlier this year. If so, sound the alarms!”

POD’s little pesties looked precisely like the creepy crawlies featured in Skwire’s CP article and hatched forth from a clutch of precisely 28 eggs…just as Rutgers suggested.

Consider the alarm sounded. The sighting has been reported and photos have been forwarded to Rutgers. Sigh.