Getting Rid of Stink Bugs


To remove stink bugs, use a paper towel cardboard tube that is stapled shut on one end and scoop up these critters and then get rid of them. Squeeze the open end of the tube slightly to flatten it. Sometimes I have to gently bang the tube to get them in but normally they just fall to the bottom. You could use a pencil or something to push them in but I usually just scoop them up.


For the higher places that are hard to reach, you could use a longer tube (aluminum foil, wrapping paper, etc.). I keep a tube for wherever there is an area in our house where they like to hang out, which is normally anywhere warm.

The only good news about these bugs are that they will not breed in your house, they are hibernating until the warm weather. Needless to say, I do not want these uninvited guests visiting me over the winter.

By it' from PA

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October 21, 2011

My trick to removing stink bugs is to use an empty Christmas wrapping paper tube. All you need to do is fold over one end, and use that one for a 'handle' Then you can get those crawling, flying pests; just 'scoop' them up.

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September 24, 2010

Is anyone out there having problems with these terrible stink bugs? I'm literally a prisoner in my own home. They are getting in everywhere. There are those little openings on the window screens that they seem to get in which puts them between the window and the screen. They are also getting in under the rubber stopper on the slider screen door top and bottom. I have stuffed cotton, sprayed with bleach, but they still get in. Help!

By alice from West Brandywine, PA


September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I just bought gallons of pesticide to spray along the perimeter of my house on the outside. I'm going to spray around my windows and doors as well. I hope this works because like you I've tried everything else! I'll keep you posted!

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I live in Delaware and we are having the same problem. I'm anxious to see if anyone posts a solution here.

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I also live in Delaware and am almost a prisoner as well! I hope someone out there has an idea. I think cold weather is the only "cure".

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I am sure you are referring to the chinese beetle? Looks like a Lady Bug? They are the stinkers here in MN. I take the vacuum wand out and let them have it, take the canister outside to dump after I give them a few minutes whirling to ensure their demise. With the wands on, I can reach my 10 ft ceilings, around the corners, etc. They love hugging behind drapes of a sunny window. So far so good. The garden tip on local TV this morning said you have to destroy their larva now with pesticides or wait till the soil is warm in the spring. The cooler the soil, the deeper the larva go for the CB. The Chinese Beetle was brought to the USA to take care of the aphids on the beans in the fields. As all good things come to an end when we up-end the eco-system, CB move indoors to winter. By the way, they not only stink, but they bite too. Difference in knowing which bug is which. The Lady Bug is more red than the brown/orange.

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know if this will work on stinkbugs but for ants I use a trail of baby powder. Put this down where the seams of walls or anyplace you think the bugs are entering.

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I am in NC. Having the same problem. In my clothes in my closet. In my home. All over my yard. Never seen this before. Not sure what to do with them either. I am frustrated also.

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September 26, 20100 found this helpful

Don't use pesticide in your home! The ONLY way to keep them out is to seal entrances. 1) use a caulking gun. 2) Use plastic over your windows. Once they are inside, follow the advice above, using the wand on your vacuum. This is the brown marmallated stink bug. I live in the DC area, where a major news station has a reporter for this alone. This is where I got the above advice. You can check with your Cooperative Agriculture Extension Service for updates.

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September 26, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for your help. My Brother who lives down the road was infested with them and bombed his attic sprayed the perimeter of his home thought they was gone but low and behold they were back, The other day they were back full force the store down the road had people fight them to get in . Now today its raining and its the first day i was able to open my windows and doors. They say the cool weather is on the way that's when I'm going in the attic and vacuum them up, I've been spraying them with hair spray it seems to stop them in their tracks and they don't spray. Again hang in there people from Del. and NY we're almost free. TT Grandmom I've posted a pic so you can see what they look like believe me you don't want them.

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful

I've got 'em too. I remove about 5 a day from my house. I'm going to caulk every little possible bug entrance and see if that works to keep them out.

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

Stink bugs like a lot of pest bugs love light colors and light so at night that light on in the white room will only be like a glowing beacon for them. Even tho there large they can see the light and feel the warmth of any and all crevices going into your home. Unfortunately its a seasonal thing as winter comes they will go away.

The best medicine for these bugs is preventing them from coming in. Caulk every opining and ensure windows and doors are air tight ( if not use something to fill the gap), And try not to tempt them into your home by keeping unneeded lights on or heat on to high, or keeping windows and doors open for longer then necessary.

These solutions will also save you a lot of money simply by stopping your AC or Heating from going out the cracks and lowering the electric bill.

Once there inside best thing you can do is get them in a vacuum and just get them that way. Or use Very sticky fly paper near lights they'll bump into it and be stuck as they fly towards the light bulbs. (as well as any moths and flies) It may not look that nice but its the only non labor intensive method one can use for them.

I personally just catch them by hand and throw them back outside were they belong. They don't really do any damage. They're more just a nuisance. So its not a bad idea to just let them die since most will starve within a few days of getting inside. (unlike other pests like ant colony's and wheat moths)

Hope this helped ^_^;

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I don't know how the tradition started, but the Chinese seem to have years for just about any animal. And too, I don't know if these years are extended to other life forms such as insects. Anybody up to snuff on this subject?

I have been living in a pod in my driveway for the past 5-6 weeks. The heavy metal doors stayed open most of the time. Exceptions were made for Florence and Michael. No, they weren't friends sharing herbs. I don't indulge. Michael, the tropical depression, put twice the pounding on that pod than did Florence, the hurricane. I was beginning to wonder if the pod would float. It rained the hardest I've seen in my life, and did so for three whole days, non stop!

What with the doors open most of the time, I naturally expected some critters to fly or crawl in. Three large rats made their way by my feet as I sat at my computer killing time. I think each had designs on making a home in my better bed linens temporarily stored farther back in the pod. I kindly gave each a one way ticket to Rodent Heaven. The bedding there is so much nicer, and so....eternal.

I did observe an onslaught of stink bugs, more than I have ever seen in my lifetime. I never saw them land, in fact, I never have. They seem to just fall from the air. They were everywhere. I don't think I have ever seen more than 3 or 4 at any one time, til now.

Twenty, maybe thirty all around me and more dropping from nowhere all the time. Stink bugs everywhere. This went on for several days. I was beginning to wonder if the storms carried them my way. At least it wasn't raining frogs.

Two days ago, I moved back into the house and said goodbye to the little stinky guys, or so I thought. Now, it's raining bugs inside the house. I truly don't know how they're getting in. I don't know what to do. I have a new kitchen exhaust fan and I still won't cook collards. I don't want the scent on my newly painted walls. I'm not about to spray the house with bug killer.

I guess there is a disadvantage to not having a TV. I remember people talking about news they had heard about the stink bug. If I'm not mistaken, the news was a warning as it had been discovered the stink bug carried some deadly(?) disease.

I'm not one to get all up in the air over such matters, usually a lot of it is just hype. But still, what with so many of these bugs falling all around me, (I just killed two while writing this), I'm beginning to wonder if I should look deeper into the matter.

Does anyone remember hearing or seeing articles around five years ago, about the new found dangers of the stink bug? Do you remember what disease they were said to carry. Were there recommendations for getting rid of the bugs? Have any of you noticed more than the usual amount of stink bugs in your area?


November 9, 20180 found this helpful

I have heard they carry parasites, but that was for the bugs in the south and since I am in the north I ignored it.

We have tons in pgh. I just took some outside yesterday. Because of the stink, I don't kill them. My mom flushes them. My friends vacuum them and toss the bags.

Some folks swear mint potpourri keeps them away. I doubt that because the ones I found were on the same window sill as my mint plant. Go figure :(

They do just appear and freak me out!

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November 9, 20180 found this helpful

According to Orkin, prevention is what is key. No torn window screens and the like. Once they get in you need an exterminator.

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November 18, 20180 found this helpful

Assassin bugs and stink bugs are 2 different bugs from the same family. Stink bugs do not carry the Chagas disease. Generally, if your house has an infestation, it will be the more common stink bug. You can find them hiding everywhere in drapes, laundry, under carpet edges or cracks and crevasses. Once the colder weather sets in and you keep your windows and doors closed do a thorough search and destroy mission on a sunny day. They don't swim well so keep a small sudsy pail of water while searching and just drop them in. Once you've completed a room, flush the bucket of them down and start the next room. I too had an infestation and took a weekend to wash all of the drapes and vacuum every nook, cranny, and corner of my house and got rid of over 200 of them.

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November 18, 20180 found this helpful

I don't believe stinkbugs carry some disease, but they are a huge nuisance

we get them in our area too

some years are defo plagued with them, and they are more prevalent in large, old houses where they can come in

the reason they come in is to protect themselves from the winter so they are most active when infiltrating your home

they are next most active in the spring when they are desperate to get out because the fact is, without access to air and vegetation, they die pretty immediately

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February 21, 2015

I am finding stink bugs everyday, mostly in the kitchen. I do not know where they are coming from, but find it odd in the winter. No matter how you dispose of them, they stink.

By betty44 from Slate Hill, NY


February 22, 20150 found this helpful

In the cold seasons, the bugs look for warm places. They do stink so do not harm them-smashing and crushing them releases the smell. Just put them back outside, away from the house. If they die, someone else will benefit.

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

They are probably coming in where your kitchen exhaust goes through the attic/roof. May need to try to seal any cracks up or cover with mesh maybe.

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How do you get rid of stink bugs? I don't have a photo.

By Ginny


September 26, 20140 found this helpful

Although I cannot yet say this will be the solution, these sound like they may be a great place to start. Hope this helps! I will be trying these out soon, as these pests have taken over! I will update, as I hope anyone else who has a remedy other than constantly breaking out the vacuum will! Thanks!

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April 17, 2013

How do get rid of them?

By Mary C from IN

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April 2, 2013

I recently moved to an area that is overwhelmed by stink bugs. They get into my house, my garden, etc. We have tried the traps, sprays, and granules. Is there a solution to getting rid of these nasty stinkers?

By Christina

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