Losing Our Crops STINKS! How Invasive Species Affect Florida Farmers

bug-1436910_640Travel is a great way to see and experience the world in which we live and go outside of your comfort zone, and Florida is a point on the map where people meet from all over the world. With major attractions, both natural and man-made, and our sunny, warm climate all year long, we understand why our very own Sunshine State is attractive to visitors. However, all of this travel comes with a cost, and unfortunately, one of those is at the expense of our farmers.
Farmers in Florida are starting to see negative effects on their crops and yield thanks to invasive species killing off their plants. Each year, Florida sees as many as twelve new insect species introduced to us by coming across our borders, and in many cases, there aren't natural predators here to counteract that invasion. That means these critters can wreak havoc on harvests of a variety of food crops, and native Floridians are left with very little recourse in getting rid of them.
One of these invasive species is the stinkbug. More specifically, the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, originating from Asia, has caused huge issues for farmers and homeowners alike, as they attack both fruit trees and common ornamental plants (a.k.a., your expensive landscaping). That, paired with their unpleasant smell when stepped upon (giving them their less-than-attractive name), makes them an unwelcome sight for Florida residents. Because they have few, if any, predators here, they are quickly becoming an issue requiring more thought and planning by those concerned for our environment and ecosystems here in Polk County.
One way to rid your home and property of these insects, thus cutting down on the local population, is by investing in pest control management of your own. Having a professional company who is trained to deal with specific types of insects and cut them off at the source is key in keeping your home and surrounding area pest-free, and doing your part to help our local environment. Country Boy Pest Control is proud to offer this service to the greater Polk County area here in Central Florida, and we take care of not only stinkbugs, but other nuisance species such as fire ants, roaches, spiders, and more. We are ready and waiting to help you, and we'll customize a plan to fit your needs and your budget, so you can rest assured that you are getting the very best in quality pest control and customer service. Give us a call for your on the spot estimate!

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