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They're Ba-ack: Return of the Stink Bugs

The return of the fall weather has brought the return of pesky stink bugs.

As the cool weather of fall returns, so do the pesky insects commonly known as stink bugs. 

Pennsylvania is one of the seven areas in the country that has "severe agricultural and nuisance reports" of stink bugs, according to a USA Today article. 

"The Mid-Atlantic remains ground zero, with the worst infestations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and D.C., according to USDA data," the article said.

Stink bugs were first collected in the United States in 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to Penn State's College of Argricultural Sciences, but they were probably around for several years before then.

Luckily, the bugs aren't harmful to humans. They don't bite or sting or transmit pathogens to people or pets, according to Daniel Gruner, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland.

Pesticides aren't the best way to rid of the insects though, Gruner said. He suggests gently vacuuming the bugs up and immediately disposing of the bag afterward so the stink doesn't penetrate the vacuum components.

Another pesticide-free solution is to place pans of soapy water underneath gathering spots, near windows and doors. The foamy bubbles will trap and kill the bugs when they fall in, he said.

How do you handle stink bugs? Tell us in the comments.

Ed October 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Back? As i said yesterday on the Northampton Patch site who posted this article (or something similar) the stink bugs never left Wrightstown / Ryans Corner area as they have been here all summer in full force. Vacuum bags are a waste of money unless you time it for when the bag is full. Soapy water and sweet water in those decorative bug glass traps get some but not the many. Best idea. Kill them outside before they come in. Right now they are trying to get in to hibernate in the walls and attic for the winter. When inside gather them without killing them and flush them down the toilet (one scare there is when B&C open our system to pump it will all these bugs be waiting. Finally do not kill them on curtains or cloth furniture as their spray stains.
Kara Seymour October 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I'm with you Le, I feel like they never leave my house
Ed October 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
From Northampton Patch this morning (going to try this) "Get the stink bug traps found in Giant Super Markets - we have caught over 50!!! They really do work!"
Jean October 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I am inundated with stinkbugs. I just catch them and throw them in the toilet.

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