Prepare for the Stink Bugs to move in


Is it just me, or is everyone annoyed by the Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug).  This little guy is becoming more popular than a Hillary/Trump debate, and smells about as bad as the aftermath of such a debate as well.

It is a native insect of China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (must have gotten shipped over here with some cheap merchandise), and started showing up in the US in the 1990’s.  In about 2004, his little feet wondered into West Virginia, and things just haven’t been the same since.  I heard the news say this is the worst season for them yet.  Like I didn’t already know that from seeing them everywhere I walk or reach to pick up something outside.

At a farm I spend time at, they have turned the barn into their own Holiday Inn, and if I leave my vehicle there very long, it becomes the Holiday Inn Express.  Just what’s the deal here?  As hunting season approaches, I am trying to find the proper gun and ammo to wage war against these stink bugs.  Of course I know one I do that, the media will get ahold of it and start “Stink bugs lives matter”.

As for pest control, I’d like to quote the WVU Extension Service “BMSBs become a nuisance for most people when they begin looking for warm places to spend the winter.”  Really?  You’re telling me they’re going to move indoors even more?  OMG, someone shoot me now  (ok, actually not until I’m seen wearing a clown suite and chasing them with a machete, and someone mistakes it for chasing them).

The WVU Extension Service goes on to add some VERY VALUABLE information:

The best method of controlling BMSBs is to prevent their entry into your home. Caulking with a silicone or silicone-latex caulk around window and door frames and replacing damaged window and door screens will help. Use weather stripping around windows and doors and remove window air conditioners following summer use. No insecticides are recommended that will prevent the entry of BMSBs to homes.

Once BMSB enters a home, the only method of control is to vacuum. However, when the insects become alarmed or smashed, they will emit their stink. The best vacuums to use are handheld or bagless because the container can be emptied each time. If you have this type of vacuum, be sure to drop the insects into a disposable bowl or jar containing isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which will kill the insect. Releasing the insect outdoors will only cause it to come back in. It is not recommended to use insecticides indoors because the insects can avoid the chemicals by retreating into cracks and crevices. Also, the insecticide itself may be hazardous to humans and pets.

Because BMSBs do not reproduce indoors, it is best to kill any that you find in and around your house and not let them reproduce outdoors next spring.

I have to say, this might be the most interesting thing I have read since the whole presidential debate started.

Please, share your experiences with these visitors from the far East.  Tell us what you think, and how you plan to help in the extinction of our little stinky friends.

One comment

  • campin15_wp

    If they are as hard to get rid of as those darn wood boring bees, I may just go of the deep end! We are dealing with at least 3 or 4 of these bugs in the house every evening!

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