The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner has detected a new pest in several Yuba City commercial buildings. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, a species native to Asia was introduced into the eastern United States in the mid-1990s. Within the last 15-years this stink bug has established and spread itself throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and is now found in portions of the Western U.S., including California. An adult is about the size of a dime.
BMSB can be a serious pest in fruit and vegetable crops in its immature and adult life stages. Physical damage includes pitting and scarring, making the fruit unmarketable as a fresh product. Some damage to fruit can even render the crop unusable for processed products. Parasitic wasps have been collected from BMSB’s native habitat, but it may be some time before they are ready to be released and used as a control measure.
In addition to plant damage, BMSB are a nuisance to people. When the weather turns cool, BMSB may seek shelter inside homes and other buildings causing irritation to persons sensitive to insect allergens. They do not bite people or pets, nor do they damage buildings. Management for homeowners is to restrict entry into houses during the winter months.
Ag Commissioner Mark Quisenberry stated that for homeowners and businesses, exclusion is the best defense. Patching small opening in outside walls will prevent the pest from entering indoor habitats. If an infestation is detected, using a professional pest exterminator is the best option. The pesticide vapors from so called bug-bombs do not penetrate the crevices stink bugs occupy and they are highly flammable when used or stored near open flame. As for any pesticide, safety first; always read and follow label directions!
Further information can be found at the Ag Commissioners website.
Prevent Mosquito Bites to Prevent West Nile Virus Infection
Seven persons have now been confirmed with West Nile virus illness in Sutter County, with one with West Nile Fever and six with the more serious neuroinvasive type of West Nile virus (WNV) illness. The persons live all around the county, reflecting the wide-spread distribution of West Nile virus activity found by the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District during this season.
The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District (SYMVCD) continues to monitor for West Nile virus activity, but has not detected any positive mosquito samples during the past two weeks. However, new cases of WNV illness may be diagnosed in the next few weeks due to the lag time from time of becoming infected with WNV and the development of illness. Current SYMVCD surveillance and treatment maps are posted online at the SYMVCD website.
The key to prevention of infection in humans with WNV is prevention of mosquito bites. It is very important to be vigilant and to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The 6 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues) and it can be fatal.
The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV.
For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to www.sutter-yubamvcd.org.
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit called Remembrance of Gowns Past to display a portion of the Museum’s collection of Victorian era dresses. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday evening September 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Accompanying the dresses are photographs of women from the Yuba-Sutter area wearing typical apparel from the second half of the 19th century, with long full skirts and elaborate hats. Admission to the opening event is free. The exhibit will remain through November 16th.
The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.
Children of all ages are invited to attend the Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, September 21, from 10 am to 1 pm at Memorial Park in Live Oak. Bicycle rodeos provide children an opportunity to learn the rules of the road, have their helmet properly checked and practice riding their bike in a supervised bicycle course. Children are encouraged to bring their bikes to the event, although some bikes will be available for the course. Free bike helmets will be given to all children who need them.
The Health Education staff and Sutter County Sheriff’s Cadets will teach bicycle safety. Healthy refreshments provided by the SNAP-Ed program for children participating in the Bicycle Rodeo.