Stink-Bugs-How do you get rid of them?
STINK BUGS STINK!!!!!! Literally and figuratively. If you live anywhere near where these little beasties live you can appreciate my thoughts. If you don't you are so lucky but, beware they are on their way up the East Coast.
The stink bugs that are currently taking over the Mid-Atlantic are not native to the area but were reportedly brought in via a cargo ship from South-Eastern China. The goods from the cargo ship were taken to PA. Where they were distributed near and far.
The problem with these bugs is that they have no natural predators and are vegetarian. They have been known to wipe out entire crops and since there aren't any natural predators this make the problem even trickier. Another, issue with these bugs is the adults are covered with a hard shell that makes it almost impossible to kill them with insecticides. So, how does one get rid of these invaders? Particularly in the house?
If you have read any of my other hubs you will know that I am not big on using pesticides and I like to find natural ways of dealing with things. But, I will admit that this summer when I came home to find my front door completely covered with stink bugs I went little crazy. I went to my local hardware store and purchased an insecticide that was supposed to kill them. It worked but I found that we had to spray the door everyday to keep the swarm at bay. Needless to say this is not my idea of fun.
I found out that the one of the best ways to get rid of these things was to use a shop-vac for outside removal from door ways. Indoors a dust buster or regular vacuum works great. If you use this method keep in mind that stink bugs don't die in their trip through the hose. I found that if you empty them into a Ziploc bag or any bag that you can seal off they can't escape.
Another, although not attractive, way to capture and dispose of stink bugs is to use glue traps that you would use to catch mice. This is one of my favorite ways to deal with the problem. Stink bugs are attracted to lights, the color white and the color yellow. The benefit of this is you can have 24 hour trapping particularly inside the house. We attach our glue traps to light fixtures, take the globes or shades off, with clothes pins. Stinkbugs love this because they are attracted to the light and the white color of the glue traps. The glue on the trap is very sticky and when they hit the glue they stay put. When they are full place the glue trap in a bag and seal it and in the trash they go.
One thing that you never want to do is to crush stinkbugs. First of all, like skunks, when killed or scared they will release their scent. In fact, some species of stinkbug ooze contains cyanide compounds. Another reason, not to crush or kill them is that their scent is like a lighthouse to all other stinkbugs to come and hang out. This in the house is not good.
I have found that it is near impossible to keep them out of the house as they come in on clothes, bags and in my case the moment I opened the door. The best defense with these creatures is a good offense. If you see them vacuum them up, and trap them with glue traps. Outside your house you need to caulk any little window crack, door seal, and place screens on your attic vents.
If you are suffering from this stinky plague, like me, I hope that these solutions help you to rid you of them.