Invasive species come out to play and more are on the way

Who let the bugs out? After a seemingly endless winter, springtime is finally here, and creatures large and small are coming out to enjoy it. This includes the numerous pesky invasive species that the Department of Natural Resources sends warnings about. The State of Michigan’s website describe them as “non-native species that cause harm when they out-compete native species by reproducing and spreading rapidly in areas where they have no natural predators, changing the balance of the ecosystems we rely on.”

Some might find it surprising that even ladybugs are considered an invasive species and they are now found throughout the United States. A more recent prevalent pest that continues to weasel its way into Michigan homes is the brown marmorated stink bug, notorious for invading homes in the fall to seek shelter before winter comes.