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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stink Bugs Stink...

The dreaded Stink Bug

If you are not familiar with the Stink Bug, consider yourself lucky. Here, in Maryland, they are a major nuisance! They are not supposed to live on this continent but somehow ended up here and they are trying to take over my house.

They get their name because they emit this disgusting odor when they feel they are under attack. The same disgusting odor comes out when you squish them and then permeates the room.

As of today, I am officially over them! This crazy weather keeps bringing them back to life. Apparently, they burrow down when it is cold but if the temps get warm enough they fight each other to get into my house.

Here is my list of why I am officially over Stink Bugs...

1. They dive bomb at us like a fighter plane. Do they mean to? Probably not. They are just not that great at flying and try to get from one surface to another as quickly as possible. My family tends to be that surface.

2. They love to hang out in my girls' bathroom. This means that I hear several screams followed by, "Mommy, there's another stink bug! Will you kill it?!" The girls' screams are enough to push me over the edge but coming in and finding a Stink Bug on their toothbrush...come on!!!

3. They tend to drop from the ceiling at night after we are snug in bed. I'm not sure if they are cold, love our high count thread sheets or the fact that I use Tide with Febreeze on our bedding. I do know that this means there are shrill screams in the middle of night and that I must once again go head to head with a Stink Bug when I should be sleeping.

4. They, like most bugs, are attracted to light. My kitchen light is their favorite. They love to circle around/dive bomb me to try to find their way to the light while I wash the dishes, cook or sneak chocolate out of the pantry. Eventually, they find their way into the light fixture and after a while are electrocuted, burned and yes, stinky!

5. They can hold onto a window screen like it is a matter of life or death. I don't want to open the curtains in the morning to see 1-20 of these things peeking in our house anymore. I want my pretty views back!

So, here I am...officially over them!! Do you have any pests your way that you are officially over? If you know of the Stink Bug, are you handling them okay or are they driving you insane as well? Any tips for getting rid of them?

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At January 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

Poor Kristen :( We have stink bugs in Oklahoma too and they are pretty yuck. Luckily I've never found any inside. My biggest pest this summer was the piss ants (the little black ants) They kept getting in my bathroom window. I discovered it was my sugar body scrub they were after. I found these tips about getting rid of stink bugs for you.
Mint leaves. Line windowsills and leave near any crevices.
Spray them with 32oz bottle hot water and 1 3/4 cup of Dawn dish soap. It kills them fast. I know this personally works because my papa has a garden and he uses this to kill alot of the bugs that go after his crops. If you have fruit trees you can spray them with a mix of 36oz of dawn soap to 2 gallons of hot water. Hope that helps xo

 
At January 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Robbie K said...

My youngest is nicknamed StinkBug but I had NO IDEA they were such a nuisance! I got the heebie jeebies just reading this. I would NOT be handling them well at all. I doubt I could even sleep knowing they could drop down any second.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Jax said...

I've never seen a real stink bug?! Does it really stink that bad??? Omg, that's awful. and LOL @ them clinging onto window screens for dear life.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Gia said...

I had one fall in my hair once. Still traumatized.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Maren said...

Gaaaaaaaahhhhh, I am so glad I don't have to deal with those. I would freak outttt! Hate bugs!

 
At January 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

As the weather turns cooler in the fall, they come into your house thru any crevice/opening they can find in order to hibernate for the winter. When the weather warms up, they come out. "Pest experts" recommend that you seal up any and all openings to your house (mainly around windows and doorways) before the weather turns cool so they cannot get in. you can also try a homemade "trap"...take a 2L soda bottle and cut off the top, then place one of those battery-operated click lights inside the bottle; invert the top(w/o the cap on) and place inside the bottom part. They will be attracted to the light (as you
already know!) and will get into the bottle and be trapped. Make sure you put these in a dark area so this is the only light they see.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Sara S said...

sounds awful! I'd move! I don't do bugs well.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Ewwwww! I'm discounting Maryland as ever being a permanent place of residence! I didn't realize that they were really that stinky!

 
At January 31, 2012 at 8:18 PM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Uggg I would hate have them in the house. We have them outside here, but not that many. We have problems with scorpions here. We have to get the house sprayed for them. It is not fun to crawl into bed and feel one on your leg.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM , OpenID euregirlsandboys said...

Oh gosh, I hate them SO much. They are all over the place, yet they manage to startle me any time I suddenly notice one. Or one falls onto one of us.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Oh no! You are under siege! I would hate if they were dropping from the ceiling.

 
At January 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Prep International said...

aww that sucks:( never heard of them actually. here in canada though , it seems like there are more bees than there should be !

 
At February 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

Wish I could tell you how to get rid of them! I have yet to come across a stink bug, but I know what you mean about this crazy weather bring out the bugs earlier than they should be.

Totally squirmy now with the image of a bug on my kid's toothbrush...

 
At February 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Two Bears Farm wrote about Stink Bug last month. I think she had a service come and get rid of them.

 

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