Ohio's new invasive species: stink bugs | The Columbus Dispatch

Adults are about three-fourths of an inch long, brown on both the upper and lower body surfaces and shaped like a shield. Full Story
Shay Columbus Ohio

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 24, 2011
OMG, I was cleaning this weekend and In my curtains there were 2 bugs and I called my son to kill the bug..( very scared of bugs).. After about 10 minutes we stated smelling this smell, so we ran down stair , thinking it was something on fire, but the smell was only in the upstairs bedroom.. I decided to google : ugly bug that stinks and OMGSH to my surprise here is this ugly bug.... What do you do?
Angie Columbus Ohio

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 2, 2012
I went outside and looks like a invasion of the bugs they are all on my screens an they went out my back door and there they are again what is going on I hate them how do you get rid of them?
Big Johnson

Lancaster, OH

#4 Oct 2, 2012
Angie Columbus Ohio wrote:
I went outside and looks like a invasion of the bugs they are all on my screens an they went out my back door and there they are again what is going on I hate them how do you get rid of them?
Play my flute and they'll follow me.
Nacho Vato

Cambridge, OH

#5 Oct 2, 2012
Liberals are the notorious stink bugs. Better hurry before all the occu-bozo's start to take notice.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#8 Oct 3, 2012
Babs

Valley City, OH

#9 Oct 3, 2012
They have escaped from Washington D.C. and are infesting the rest of what used to be America the Beautiful.
Stink bug experienced

AOL

#10 Oct 3, 2012
OMG...for the past two years we have been invaded by them early summer and again in the fall. They cover the screens on my porch.

So I have learned:

1. Don't crush them. That is when they really smell the worse.

2. Soap and water. Get a plastic bowl and put soapy water in it. When you hold it under the bug, they just about jump into it. The soap will kill them, plain water won't. Keep it handy.

3. They have no natural enemies.

4. They are not destructive, but do harm crops.

5. There are no insecticides I would have around my dogs. Few deter the stink bugs anyway.

6. Keep your doors and windows closed and you should not get many in the house.

7. Bonus: If you pour the soapy water with the dead stink bugs in it down a ground hog hole, the ground hog will NEVER cross them. So you get rid of a ground hog.

They are around a few weeks, I am on week two of the fall round now, and them go away. Or nest under your awnings or in your siding.

I know, it's horrible.
Stink bug experienced

AOL

#11 Oct 3, 2012
Stink bug experienced wrote:
OMG...for the past two years we have been invaded by them early summer and again in the fall. They cover the screens on my porch.
So I have learned:
1. Don't crush them. That is when they really smell the worse.
2. Soap and water. Get a plastic bowl and put soapy water in it. When you hold it under the bug, they just about jump into it. The soap will kill them, plain water won't. Keep it handy.
3. They have no natural enemies.
4. They are not destructive, but do harm crops.
5. There are no insecticides I would have around my dogs. Few deter the stink bugs anyway.
6. Keep your doors and windows closed and you should not get many in the house.
7. Bonus: If you pour the soapy water with the dead stink bugs in it down a ground hog hole, the ground hog will NEVER cross them. So you get rid of a ground hog.
They are around a few weeks, I am on week two of the fall round now, and them go away. Or nest under your awnings or in your siding.
I know, it's horrible.
Just got at least 50 off the inside of my porch screens with the saopy water in a plastic cup. Must be twice that many on the outside of the screen!

You can also pick them up with your fingers and put them in the soapy water. They don't hurt you.

Yuck. Feel like I need a shower. Just when it gets cool enough to enjoy the porch and have the french doors open, damn stink bugs arrive.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#12 Oct 3, 2012
Stink bug experienced wrote:
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Just got at least 50 off the inside of my porch screens with the saopy water in a plastic cup. Must be twice that many on the outside of the screen!
You can also pick them up with your fingers and put them in the soapy water. They don't hurt you.
Yuck. Feel like I need a shower. Just when it gets cool enough to enjoy the porch and have the french doors open, damn stink bugs arrive.
I've only seen maybe 3-4 around my house so far. Maybe they are all going over to your place.
Experiened with stink bug

AOL

#13 Oct 3, 2012
rowdy01 wrote:
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I've only seen maybe 3-4 around my house so far. Maybe they are all going over to your place.
Yuck, yuck. My cousin has already said that ten times. I don't get them inside.

It's very wierd. I just came home from being 2 - 3 miles away, and there were none. Maybe because I'm surrounded by farmland.
DPB

Mckees Rocks, PA

#15 Oct 3, 2012
stink bugs are attracted to light and can be killed in soapy water. Take a empty clear 2 liter bottle, cut the rim off and invert the top back in the bottom and secure with tape, place a led "puck" light under the bottle then cover the bottle on the outside so the light only shines up through the bottle. Pour some soapy water in the bottle and hang bottle. The bugs will slide down into the bottle and won't be able to fly out. The soapy water will kill them.
The bugs don't bite if you grab them with a tissue, just don't crush them, that's when they start to stink
Bug killer

Columbus, OH

#16 Nov 28, 2012
I spray rubbing(isopropyl) alcohol on them it will kill them in a few seconds. The higher concentration of alcohol the quicker it works.
notlocal

AOL

#17 Nov 28, 2012
Bug killer wrote:
I spray rubbing(isopropyl) alcohol on them it will kill them in a few seconds. The higher concentration of alcohol the quicker it works.
I'm in DE and we've had them heavy the past two summers. But they are nationwide. Georgia, Ohio, Texas, AZ. They have no predators, is what I'm told. Just don't crush them. They don't smell until you crush them.

Now we are experiencing a shortage of bats here. So that may be an explanation.

My husband got an 'attractor cage' and hung it on the screen porch. Some got in it, but it would never hold the amount we get mid summer.

I'll just drink the alcohol myself when it gets warm and they surge back.:-)
notlocal

AOL

#18 Nov 28, 2012
We don't get them in the house or basement. Just the screen porch and garage.

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