Make no mistake. The question of how to prevent stink bugs is one that is prominent on many peoples’ minds who live in areas that are heavily infested by these unwelcome insects. Stink bugs have increased from being just a mere problematic nuisance to being a full-scale all-out epidemic.
Having been introduced into the North American ecosystem a mere two decades ago after having evolved over the eons and remaining localized in southeast Asia, their population has grown at an explosively alarming rate hotel furniture manufacturers. Over 38 states in the continental US are now home to thousands, if not millions, of this particular species of insect.
Whether your home has already succumb to a stink bug invasion or your garden is teeming with these uninvited guests, or your agricultural crops are falling prey to these vegan pests left and right, it is imperative that you realize that this war against the insect kingdom must be fought on not one but on two fronts:
Though we remain blissfully unaware but our lifestyle has a considerable impact on the environment and direct bearing on climate change. The measure of all greenhouse gases we individually produce through usage of electricity, heating and transportation or through the whole life cycle of products we consume is our carbon footprint.
Experts say most emissions from homes are from the fuels burned to generate electricity and by practicing energy efficiency we can considerably reduce CO2 emissions. Architects suggests simple energy saving measures like replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescents or CFL bulbs and installing weather-stripping or double pane for air tight windows to maintain internal temperature for efficient cooling/heating. In addition we need to buy appliances which use less power and have a good energy rating. Unplug all chargers or appliances that are not in use and maximize computers sleep mode while working. Furthermore as appliances like refrigerators get older, their performance decreases and consumption of electricity increases therefore should be replaced with new ones. Replacing air filters of air conditioners and heaters regularly too allows saving on carbon emissions.
Also most of us are wasteful when it comes to water usage. Not only is water a scarce resource globally, it also takes huge amounts of energy to move it around adding to our carbon footprint. Install water saving fixtures like low flow shower heads, faucets and water saving WC flushing systems and practice simple habits like taking shorter showers and running dishwasher and washing machines only when they are full. Also if possible, use a cloth line instead of dryer to dry clothes. In addition low cost water harvesting system enables utilizing rain water for gardening, washing etc.
Another easy way to curb carbon footprint at home is by lifestyle modification such as grocery shopping, cooking and eating habits. By buying locally we save on CO2 emissions generated by transportation and using cloth shopping bag cuts down usage of plastic. Use of pressure cookers, microwave oven rather than conventional oven and close lid cooking too can lower greenhouse gases. Buy seasonal fruits/vegetables and reduce meat consumption to help improve the environment, as scientists claim growing numbers of intensively farmed livestock globally account for 37 percent of methane emissions.
Environmental experts add reusing and recycling too help achieve a smaller carbon footprint such as using recycled paper, refillable printer ink cartridges, paper cups instead of Styrofoam ones, cloth napkins instead of paper tissues and by recycling materials like metals and paper. In addition one can also reduce waste generation at homes by using paper economically, reusing envelopes, paper clips, file folders or binders. Moreover as plastic manufacturing releases chemical emissions, and plastic bags, bottles, packaging material all emit harmful gases therefore their use at home should be limited and unwanted plastic should be recycled.