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Old 09-23-2010, 12:18 AM   #1
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Anyone else in the mid atlantic doing combat with the unbeatable stinkbugs today? I have killed maybe 30 of them today and my house is not nearly as bad as some of the pictures I have seen on the internet. For some reason the warm weather today has really stirred them up. I got one window sealed up pretty well and saw at least 8 more stink bugs land on the screen in 10 minutes. These things are starting to get crazy! We were able to slow their advance in the house today, but it looks like they may have taken the shed! Anyone have any tips for killing/preventing these things?

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:27 AM   #2
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I've been battling these little demons. I'll tell you what though, the bluegill i keep in my native fish tank sure love the little buggers.

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Old 09-23-2010, 01:58 AM   #3
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The little feckers are just out of control. We have had them somewhat bad in our house for the last couple years but this year is just crazy. I think we are supposed to get cicadas again next year too.

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I just ordered this bad boy. I bought a cheap $12 bug vac a few months ago to deal with a minor earwig problem and have since been using it to suck up the stink bugs. The stink bugs are pretty strong and hold their ground pretty tight, so you gotta shake them loose with the vac. The one I ordered has an electrocution grid so I can stop smashing them! It got a few crappy reviews on amazon, but if it sucks, I plan on modding it to use a bigger battery.

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yes...my mom blamed the hops drying in the garage

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You smash them? They smell like skunk and sulfur. I just flush them.

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Stinkbugs must DIE!

I have been battling them for at least a month here. They were congregating on my pepper plants (sweet and cayenne). I don't like using pesticides, so I first made a concoction of dish soap, ammonia, and water. Flicking them into a bowl of that stuff killed them in seconds. But there were just too many of them to keep that up. Dish soap and water in a sprayer worked, but not nearly as fast.

All in all, I know I killed more than a hundred.

If I sound a little over the top, please know that the war started when one got into a glass of my beer! I am surprised that I did not go around the neighborhood hunting the b&*#ards down after that.

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You smash them? They smell like skunk and sulfur. I just flush them.
To be completely honest, I have yet to smell them, nor has my wife (knock on wood) and I smashed well over 30 of them today. My MO is to suck them up with the bug vac and then shake them onto a paper towel, fold the towel and SMASH and immediately throw away. At one point I had like 9 of them in the bag and not a single one released any stink. Maybe we are just immune to the stink?
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We have had them for about 2 years now. I smashed one when they first showed up and haven't done it since. My wife said don't smash it, they stink. Well I didn't listen.

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I am going to have to google search stink bugs. I have no clue what one looks like.

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