Getting Rid of Stink Bugs?

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?


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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 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 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

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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