Ms. Lucy Hates Stink Bugs – There’s Never Just One

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I Hate Stink Bugs!!!!!

Where did these things come from and how can I get rid of them???? Stinkbugs (AKA – the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) must be good for something – but I can’t think of what that might be. They could be a crunchy snack for Andrew Zimmer – but even he couldn’t get them past his nose.

According to Wikipedia, “it is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.[1] It was accidentally introduced into the United States, with the first specimen being collected in September 1998.” Wikipedia continues, “The brown marmorated stink bug is an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.” Thank you so much, global trading!

I never saw a stink bug until last year – 2011 – when I began to see these weird, hard shelled brown bugs plopping down on the deck of an acquaintance – seemingly out of nowhere. – They didn’t move very fast, but they multiplied like rabbits on Viagra! First there was only handful, within days, they were covering the side of the house (where it was sunniest).

We are full time RVers, living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the Stink Bug problem is here in force. Doing damage to crops, and flowers, and invading every available crack and crevice.

They do love the light, and in the evening, at least one or two will mysteriously materialize above our table – right by the light fixtures (which are on). I’ve found them on the underside of leaves (houseplants), crawling on the windows – anyplace that they can be in a warm / light place.

The most disgusting place that I’ve found one so far, was in the bathroom (has a skylight /vent) on my TOOTHBRUSH.  Gross!! Ack! Disgust!!

Fortunately, I always have extra new toothbrushes on hand. And now, my (new) toothbrush is sealed in a container and then in a cupboard

There are dozens of websites and blogs devoted to stinkbugs and how to get rid of them. Since Little Snoopy (our 5 lb. Chihuahua) is a vital part of our family, chemicals are not an option. Mint, garlic, diatomaceous earth – hmmm.  I’ve read some clever ways to trap / kill them but the one that I’m going to try next is the Dawn swimming pool trap.

First to find a suitable container with a wide mouth and a narrow neck – then fill the container about 1/3 full with water and a good shot of Dawn. The bugs are so slow and stupid, that you can easily scoop or knock them into the container and when you have a good “load”, just dump the contents down the toilet.

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