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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
10:24 AM

Post #8355414

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1130564/

Here's an article that discusses some promising developements in stink bug control and research:


http://www.motherearthnews.com/grow-it/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs-zb0z11zple.aspx

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8355482

Thanks Coleup, I am still plagued by them and not looking forward to next summers infestation.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8355578

They're like vitamins- I have one a day.
}8 ^(
That cardboard trap idea sounds good.
I just heard about Spinosad and will be trying that in the garden.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8355945

Sally---You are always SOOOOO funny!!!!! Like a Vitamin????

So far--lucky me!---I have only seen a few of them last summer in my garden. Mostly
on some plants...None in the house--knock on wood...better shut my mouth!

Wonder what next summer's "plague" will be??????
Raining cats and dogs? I don't want any pets!!!!

G.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8356262

Sally, what is Spinosad? Sorry for your daily dose lol.

Holly, I was really on patrol for them all last summer and eliminating all I could find throughout season. Like that the article above gives me some more clues to plants they like and habits, etc. I'm allergic to the smell... It's enough to keep them out of doors and really feel for those who defend fruit and field and of course our food supply. Wonder what the conference in Sheppardstown will bring to light this week? Hopefully we can get some kind of report. from the conference Doc so kindly posted in our events thread.

Speaking of that thread, if you put some soapy water in the tank of a wet/dry vac the SBs will drown but other wise they can and will crawl out. Best to kill them before sending to the land fill where they may live to see another day.

On that same note, they can survive at least 4 days of freezing temps as they make their own antifreeze...

Yes Gita, who knows what this summer will bring?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
6:50 PM

Post #8356281

Spinosad is a new insecticide developed from soil organisms- or something vaguely like that. Haven't read it myself but got the tip from another thread, for use against leaf miners. I don't know if its effective for stink bugs. I bought it in 'Captain Jack's Dead Bug" spray at AA Farmers Co op. Glen Burnie

ecnalg

ecnalg
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 6, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8357263

Weather permitting, greenthumb and I plan to go to WV to the talk this week. They got in our vehicles, in the house, just everywhere. I found a few crawling around slowly this week and put them out in the snow. Didn't realize they make their own antifreeze. I'm sure we'll learn some good stuff this week and will report back.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8357543

I am so glad you all are attending this

Posted by Greenthumb:
I realize that this is not particularly convenient in time or location for most (myself included), but The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the (US Fish & Wildlife) National Conservation Training Center are co-sponsoring a presentation about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug at 7:00 PM the evening of Wednesday, February 9.

"Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

The presenter will be Dr. Tracy Leskey, entomologist at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville.

Dr. Leskey and her colleagues at the Research Station are in the forefront of
research into the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and she co-chairs a special USDA
working group that is trying to find ways to respond to the problems the insect
poses."

The HCTC is about 5 miles outside of Sheperdstown, WV

See http://training.fws.gov/meet/gettinghere.html for directions.

Really looking forward to your reports.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 12, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8367824

Gosh youse guys...I have been missing all the talk on these boogers. We have them in Central Virginia too. I am finding at least one to two a day. John and I have just completed a two or three week long process of cleaning and organizing our storage building. Some of you have heard me complaining of having mice. I didn't mention the gazillions of stink bugs we encountered. Yep, they must make their own antifreeze, because we thought we would be finding frozen and dead stink bugs, but nooooo, those suckers were all alive and well.

I began by picking them up with a tissue and throwing out the back door. Some of the boxes I had to go through had a dozen or so of them and I had to come up with another way to dispose of them than opening a back door every few minutes. I began flushing them. I got stunk up a time or two also. I now read and should have figured beforehand that the ones I took time to pick up with tissues and throw outside, most likely made it back inside of the warm house before sundown. AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGG

So, I read the report that greenthumb wrote of the seminar attended. I have the same comment as most of the seminar attendees...it is worse than I thought.

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8367886

Here's the link to Greenthumbs excellent report
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1158044/
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8375366

We had hundreds of them in church, and of course the ceilings and stained glass windows are so high that one cannot possibly reach all of them, even with multiple pool cleaning poles duck taped together as an extension rod on the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes they still fly through the air and land on people during the Scripture readings, and of course then there is much distraction in the pews as everyone tries to get out of their way.

Our kitty went after one at home, managed to knock it to the floor, sniffed it, and shook her paws like she was too disgusted for words

Suddenly the lady bugs parading on the sun-warmed windows don't seem nearly so bad.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 16, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8375650

I hear you Pam. They are awful here. Last September the local newspapers were all running articles on these things. I have learned to hate them with a passion.

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8376270

As our weather warms up the BMSBs that sought shelter in our homes, buildings and churches will begin to stir and make forays outside looking for food and places to breed and lay eggs. Now is the best time to eliminate as many of the overwintering adults as possible before they breed.

If the numbers I've read are correct, each "annoying" stink bug eliminated now means up to 64 MILLION less this fall. (400 eggs x 2 - 3 generations or more each season.)

ALL HANDS ON DECK!!!

As we move out into our gardens and outdoor environs let's be prepared to deal with any SBs we encounter, between pots, under tarps, and have a container of soapy water with us when we do..

http://www.coldclimategardening.com/brown-marmorated-stink-bug-compiled-wisdom/controlling-stink-bugs/
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2011
3:18 AM

Post #8376501

I have found a lot of them in between my stacked pots last year. I brought in a stack of them to start seedlings in and had them everywhere. I am much more careful before bringing in things from the garage now.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8376647

I have to feel for the truly squeamish who are freaking out with every bug whereas I m only bothered that I have to catch 2-3 a day (for now) and flush them.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8376960

Sally, thanks for stepping up and ridding our county of the potential of 128 MILLON or more BMSB per day! I'm sure our local farmers and gardeners would thank you, too.

Stink bugs are strong fliers and can travel many miles on their own. They are not just hitch hikers. Storms and winds can carry them and if they are not happy where they are, they will keep moving!

Rutgers University Ag Extension Service has set up a nationwide monitering and tracking program. Any one who finds a BMSB is asked to send one to them for DNA analysis and study . Here is a link to their site

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/

We can be some eyes and ears for our scientists and be part of the solutions to the real damage being done to the world's food suppy here and in their native habitat in Asia.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8377012

Here is a link to sending in a sample to the Rutgers study.

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/faq.asp#sending

One sample per location.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 17, 2011
9:31 AM

Post #8377093

As I sit here with most windows open and my back door open completely, I wonder how many of those suckers will find their way in or out today. It is supposed to be 70 degrees here today so I suspect many a sleepy bug will begin stirring today.

Thank you so much Judy for the links you provided us. I read the article about trying to prevent them from taking over the house. I will speak with John later and see if he wants to purchase something to spray or sprinkle around. I wasn't aware of any products until now that helped with them. That at least gives me a bit of hope.

I am so sick of these things. I kind of liked the idea that the gentleman from NJ has offered using the cardboard and wooden slats to form a trap for them. Gonna see about getting one or actually several of those built to place around in most highly infested areas.

There is one good thing at least about all of this. I am not alone in my misery. Keep the info coming, as far as I am concerned, the only good stink bug is a dead one.

Ruby

HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8377126

LOL Ruby, That is exactly what I was thinking as Ric was opening up the windows. It sure is beautiful outside.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 17, 2011
10:01 AM

Post #8377146

Oh yeah, I may have to get my newly acquired bright blue cane and take a trip around the back yard at least. I suppose I have to get up from this machine first though. hahaha I have a list of inside chores but do think I will get out in the air for a bit. Actually all week has been and is supposed to be great this week. Bring it on!!! Think Spring!!!

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8378075


Here's some news about a new product for trapping stink bugs outdoors. a stink bug trap

http://rescuebugblog.typepad.com/rescue_bugblog/2011/02/is-pittsburgh-the-epicenter-of-the-stink-bug-invasion.html

Any more increased activity with the warmer temps this week?

Remember to not close up and seal the entry points to your home until AFTER the SBs have left the premises in May/June.

Pam, sounds like you and your fellow worshippers have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep your services as peaceful as possible. What else has your congregation tried? Is the church heated all during the week or only on Sundays. We'll be glad to help in any way we can, or just commisserate. Darn irreverant bugs.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8378076

I have been printing out a lot of these links on Stink Bugs.
Many of them already hang in the Insect Products bay at my HD.
I hung them there last summer.

Now--I want to ask my Mgr. or garden Supervisor IF I could actually put
up a cork board and attach all this information to it for all the customers
to read. Of course--it will be attached in some permanent way to this board...

Thank you all that have provided these links...Gita
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8378473

They were out if full force yesterday with the warmer temp. Our house was in the 80's yesterday with the warmer temps outside and the sun streaming in the house got really warm. We opened up the sliding doors and windows and really enjoyed the fresh air. Probably found a doz or so SB crawling on the screens and windows.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 18, 2011
4:34 AM

Post #8378506

Another trap for indoors on nitely news last night!

http://www.stinkbugtrapsonline.com/

http://martinsburg.craigslist.org/grd/2208495758.html


STINK BUG TRAPS FOR SALE (Columbia, Pa) $50

2011-02-11T02:40:16-05:00
Hi folks my name is Andy.. I invented some stink bug traps that work very well in and around the home.. I also designed some with the farmers in mind and would like to hear from you about your infestation.. We will be looking to test several powerful field units in couple months.. I know everyone is all about chemicals and pesticides but so far they have proven not to be effective so maybe its time to try another approach .. See us at http://www.stinkbugtrapsonline.com Im a workohaulic and have extended hours so call anytime up to midnight :-) Thanks!! Andy (717) 449 - 3015

http://www.stinkbugtrapsonline.com
flyingtiger74590@aol.com

These traps combine two attractants, light and scent and trap with powerful glue.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8378691

I saw that on our local news Columbia isn't far from us.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 18, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8378710

Holly, maybe you and Ric could be one of the field test sites he is looking for... He seems to get that SBs are not just nuisance pests but like Greenthumbs report a serious threat to our food supply.. Let us know what you find out.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 18, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8378797

Such an interesting topic to me. Come on July 2011!!!

Didn't see as many of the suckers as I thought we might with the warm day yesterday. John has found two this morning already. Last night before going to bed I had the overhead light on above my kitchen sink. I have a small garden window full of plants directly in front of the sink. I saw two of the bugs clinging to plants and promptly disposed of them via the toilet.

Reading the reason why Andy Straub invented the sb trap has been a fear of mine since these bugs have come on the scene...biting in to one that has made it way to my dinner plate would most likely send me to psyche hospital for a short visit. I am very careful to keep food covered in the kitchen where we usually keep at least one light burning at all times and yes, light and warmth do attract them.

Last fall when they first began coming indoors my cleaning lady moved a large mirror on my dining room wall which is where a french door is located that we leave propped opened on nice days. Behind this mirror was over twenty bugs. Sickening for sure. I made sure she then went behind every frame on every wall to look for them. What a round up.

Anyway, thanks Judy for the links to the trap page. I will keep it in mind.

Ruby

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 18, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8379438

Ruby

Since I never have any windows and doors open without a screen, maybe that is why
I have not seen any Stink Bugs in my house----keeping my fingers crossed...

If they have come in via the siding or cracks in sills, around window frames and such--I do not know.

Haven't made a point yo look for any either...Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8380818

My neighbor today told me he had a bunch in an umbrella that he stores next to his front foor, in an urn

.Its raining---bugs!, holy looyah!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 21, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8383895

Count yourself very lucky Gita. My older son lives about twenty miles from us and his area hasn't been hit yet. He was cleaning out his storage shed this weekend and found two. No fair!!!!! Anyway, I told him to be ready that by summer I am sure they have migrated the twenty miles and his area will probably be in the same shape our area has been in. Gita, screens on doors don't last very long here with all the pups who are in and out all day long. We gave up screening the back door which is the one we mainly keep open.

We live in the middle of a cow pasture. Whenever it is warm weather and the cows visit as low as we are, they bring along flies. I forget that I hate an annoying fly as much as I hate a stink bug. I was promised a new back door last year and didn't get it. Maybe we will go all out when finally purchasing it and getting a strong and dog proof hopefully screen along with it.

John has a question for those of you dealing with sb. Do you all freak out the way I do and yell there is a stupid stink bug again, hurry, hurry get him? hahaha I suppose I am quite funny but some things I am obsessive over and stink bug is one of them.

Ruby

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 21, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8384011

Ruby--

I will be more vigilant come spring/summer.
Honestly--last season I saw a few on my Dtura blooms. That's it!

now--these Daturas are in my side bed right below my BR windows--a ways up.
They are in a shabby shape...rattle and all that.. Need caulking on the outside.
Too high for me to get to. Don't know that I would even try if they were lower.

Talking of windows--I hardly ever open mine as I have central a/c.
If it is a cool day--I may open to the screen in the storm door--
and maybe my one BR window. Can't really get to any others...

As to John's question: Do I freak out when I see a bug? NO! Not the "freak out" type...
May have a soapy water container nearby as I work in the yard this season...

Just HAVE TO clean out my cluttered shed this year. Who knows what i will find there?

Gita
Here is my chalet shed...My "X"'s creation

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 22, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8386267

You ex had good taste Gita...I love the shed. Your plants sitting in front of it are beautiful too. I took pics of the outside and inside of my newly organized shed the other day. I posted them on a clean and clutter thread but will share them here also. Just a note, in front of the shed are the dump remains from John's tossing efforts. Two days after I snapped the picture, he sent the trash pile away. I also noticed in the picture that to the right of the shed there is a huge tree trunk and a stack of cinder blocks that he also moved after the pic was taken. He moved the trunk, cut it up for fire wood and used the cinder blocks to build number three compost bin in that spot. He has really been hard at it recently.

Ruby

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 22, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8386269

Inside...

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 22, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8386272

also inside...

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 22, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8386274

another...

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 22, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8386276

last one...

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 22, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8387079

Ruby--

Looks so nice and organized! Good job, John!

My shed may look neat--but it has very little verticak walls
to put shelves on. That's a big minus...
Besides--it is onlt 8'x12' in area. Stuffed full to the gills--
mostly with empty pots of all kinds..
The lawn chairs hang from the ceiling.
Lots of stuff in there--it is a miracle!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8387128

ruby--You and John did a GREAT Big job!!!!! It looks super. You should feel very satisfied!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

February 23, 2011
7:31 AM

Post #8388057

Yep, feeling pretty good about it all. Really now we are down to the bookcases in the plant room needing my attention and the closet in the same room. Most of the action in there will have to wait a bit until the houseplants are on their summer home, the screen porch before moving around easily in there will be possible. Before the shed was cleaned and organized there was no place to put the extra contents of the plant room, but now they can safely be stored out there now that there is sufficient space.

I suppose that I have found the de-cluttering process to be a case of a step forward and two back at times. There have been days and even weeks when it looked upside down in here as we emptied and repacked areas.

You folks attending the seed swap this weekend have a great time. We hope to see you all when a plant swap is planned later on.

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8401036

Just when the weather warms up and you think it's safe to finally clear out winter's air with a touch of spring , there is the stink bug. When I opened the sash in the bathroom and wen to raise the storm window to get that cross breeze action, I noticed two dead stink bugs belly up. I grabbed a bit of Charmin to quick flush them when I noticed a twitching leg in a shaft of sunlight spotlighting one of them...sure enough, almost over-wintered til I came along.!(And, where were they beforelast week's spotting? Anyhow, I now have 38 to do some tests with. Right now they are in a zip lock bag in my freezer for at least two weeks to see how many days of freezing temps are necessary to do them in...

News on Tv tonite about USDA research being conducted in Delawre with a wasp that is a natural predator in Asia, possibly available by 2013. In the mean time I will step up in my role as predator pro tem.

Here are links first one from Frederick!

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=117111

http://thepacker.com/Q-A---Tracy-Leskey--USDA-ARS/Article.aspx?oid=1309637&fid=PACKER-OPINION&aid=117
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8401075

Evidently a professor in York, PA puts his in to a freezer, too.

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/ci_17461047?source=most_viewed
rubyw
Crozet, VA

March 2, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8402498

Thanks Judy - interesting reading. Dang, I hate those critters. To me the only good stink bug is a dead one. I don't even particularly like finding dead ones either.

I was given a tad bit of hope by hearing that they are not feeding during the winter and that flying will use all their energy and thus they die. We are down to seeing only about one every couple of days now. Most of the ones we are finding are feeding on my houseplants though now that I think about it.

Let's hope that the deterrants that are being discussed will make the market place before 2013 like the articles project. Darn critters!!!

Ruby

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8455659

was lurking around dg today and ran across this interesting thread. i don't have these particular bugs as of yet but i do have other stink bugs, some good and some bad. i'll pass along my secret weapon (as i've probably done on countless other threads) for those who may not know about it.

first, let me say a few good things about Spinosad. i love it and use it for several difficult pests, including any kind of un-welcomed caterpillar, worm and grasshopper. i often use it in place of Bt (which works pretty much the same, just not on the variety of pests). i buy mine under the brand name of Ferti-lome Bagworm, Leafminer Spray. the active ingredient is Spinosad and is a cost effective way to buy. i get mine at Ace Hardware. it is not pre-mixed so a bottle goes a long way when mixed with water.

as for any kind of stink bug, beetle or weevil problem, what i have found works best and most quickly is Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap mixed with water. it is totally organic in the sense that it will not harm people or pets. it is a soap made for bathing and shampooing. it will kill whatever bug it comes in contact with so do not spray on bees. it actually has a smothering effect though it is not oily to the touch. i spot spray when i see a bad bug but i have also used it in my pump sprayer to spray the entire garden in the evening when bees are not present. i keep a hand spray bottle inside for the occasional spider or other bug that i can't catch and release outside.

there is no residue left over to "keep on killing" so it does require renewed efforts throughout the growing season.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

March 28, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8456411

Thanks Tracks. All very interesting and I believe that I will mention the spinosad to John to possibly use on the vegetable garden. According to the reports from the researchers working on something to eradicate these pests, so far they haven't found anything to be effective. Maybe you are on to something and this will be what helps those of us who will certainly be dealing with them again as the weather warms.

Ruby

ecnalg

ecnalg
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8465027

Another chance to learn more about those hateful stink bugs. I found another one less than an hour ago.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 9:00 p.m. at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg, VA. Join us at this free Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program given by Dr. Tracy Leskey, entomologist at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV. Dr. Leskey and her colleagues are in the forefront of research into the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. She also co-chairs a special USDA working group composed of farmers and agriculturalists that is trying to find ways to respond to the serious economic and environmental problems this insect poses. Questions: contact Laura McGranaghan at lmcgranaghan@loudounwildlife.org.

coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8482954

here is an article from our local paper
http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/top/2011/03/06-45/This-stinks-Experts-expect-stink-bug-population-to-explode-this-year.html?ne=1

How is everyone doing? Wonder if Dr, Leskey will have some new news on control of these pests especially for our veggie, fruit and crop growers. Going to take a good look at my broad leafevergreens for any egg masses before other leaves are out and ready as hatcheries for the over wintering adults.

Just a reminder that I'm not seeing in most articles: If you catch stink bugs, or vacuum them up please make sure that your method of disposal doesn't allow them to escape and populate our landfills! Thanks.

This is what the egg masses look like

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 9, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8483648

We have been finding some swarming on warm days. There were a ton of them between the window and screen one day. Ric vac them up then another large group of them in the garage behind my potting trays. We vac them too.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

April 11, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8487807

Again I enjoyed the articles and hints and tips for dealing with these boogers. I am going to try some of the ideas I read such as a squirt bottle with alcohol and the container of soap suds to drown them. There have been very, very few days this past winter that we didn't see at least one of these suckers. I have been flushing them after learning that just putting them back outdoors wasn't doing anything to help the problem but really hate using the extra water. I can set up a bottle or container to keep indoors to trap them and rid of it later.

I am going to also set about making at least one of the cardboard traps that the New Jersey gentleman says has worked for him. Today it is really warm here. I actually turned on the air conditioner. My screen porch has several of the stink bugs sitting on the screen. Yuck!!!

Ruby
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8503014

I figure pouring a little kerosene in the vac bag and burning it should ensue the demise of these pest. :-) LOL Ric
I also use a small piece of corn cob to plug the hose between uses to insure their attendence for the BBQ.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

April 18, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8503536

Thanks for sharing Ric, good laugh to start my day.

Ruby

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 9, 2011
8:39 PM

Post #8621312

Cheap easy trap you make yourself

http://www.wjactv.com/video/28028425/index.html

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8622108

Fantastic !!!

You could use the second, catcher, in the garden too.

Thanks Jen!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8622761

Thanks Jen! I'll be making some of those for sure. I'm also planning to make some for outside using $3 solar lights just by fitting the post straight through a hole in the bottom. Ric

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 12, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8625489

Ric- great idea! Those cheapie solar lights on a small stake. That would be super easy.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

June 12, 2011
8:58 AM

Post #8625516

Amazing Jen...thank you so very much. So far, thankfully there hasn't been the infestation that we experienced last year. They might all still be on vacation in our attic. hahaha Definitely going to give this a try soon.

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9088852

Just bumping this up. Have seen far fewer this Spring than last. Is it because I have so diligently eliminated any breeding adult I have come across?

How is everyone else doing with these stinkers?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
11:35 AM

Post #9089017

We have had fewer than last year, too.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9089110

Rare this year. Some say they got drowned or blown away in last years torrents.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9089378

I can count about 6---all I have seen in the house since last summer.

Of course--I have not looked behind my hung pictures...

last one I saw was in my shed last week. took down a coiled up soaker hose--
and it fell out from it--somewhere...
I stepped on it--and paid the price in the odor category...

Gita
rubyw
Crozet, VA

April 22, 2012
10:01 AM

Post #9092797

Definitely not seeing what we have seen in years past, but they are still here. The worst was a day a few weeks back when getting some stacked window boxes out of storage and separating them and finding masses between the boxes. I went nuts as always. One of my grandson's most used words is stink bug.

We did find something that does a great job of killing them last year though. It is called Bengal GOLD Roach Spray. The Hardware Store Guy told us about it and I have ordered it on line several times since. It works really well and for up to weeks at a time. You are to spray around windows and doors where they might be coming inside. Last summer after using it, I would go out in the mornings and find dozens laying dead at the door stoop. The only good stink bug, is a dead stink bug in my opinion.

Let's hope that the worst is behind us. Too freaky for me.

Ruby
tbharley
Falls Church, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9125003

The University of Maryland released the wasps, and we have them in the yard. I only became aware of them because I was stung by one about six weeks ago. Over the weekend when I was planting tomatoes and other companion plants, I saw some wasps in the garden. The last year couple of years we've been overrun by stinkbugs, but this year I've only seen a handful.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9125284

I have not seen many either. Overall--less than 10.

Saw one outside a couple of days ago..I calmly poked it into a plastic cup and sprayed with
a Vgetable Insect Spray I have on hand...NOT Sevin!
It croaked within a couple of minutes.

One of my BIG jobs I have yet to accomplish is to unload the contents of my WHOLE 8'x12' shed.
Clean it out--and organize it a bit better. I bet I will see some Stinkbugs when I do that!!!

I cannot say I have seen any to speak of... Gita
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 18, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #9128327

They are definitely less in these parts too thankfully. Gita, yes maam, please be on the alert when working on your shed. A while back I had three stacked empty window boxes sitting on my porch for a few days after bringing them in from one of the sheds. Upon unstacking them, between two of them, there were dozens between the boxes. Yuck!!!

Last summer our Hardware Store personnel told us of a product that does actually work to kill and prevent the bugs. I have spent hundreds of dollars since finding out about the product. Yes, very expensive, but worth the job it did last year. I have ordered it online, so Hardware Store didn't get the sale. It is called Bengal GOLD Roach Spray. Bengal also sells a regular Roach Spray, but something in the GOLD one has an ingredient to prevent the bugs from coming in the house. Instructions say to spray about door and window openings in to house and that it should work for several weeks to prevent the entrance of the bugs. When first using it last summer, I would go outside in the mornings and usually find a couple dozen dead bugs at the door. That is a couple dozen stink bugs that didn't come inside to hide behind picture frames and such.

Let's do hope the worst of the Stink Bug Brigade is behind us though...we can only hope.

Ruby
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9286526

I've started a continuation thread over here to discuss and commiserate this fall's population looking to snuggle up in our homes for this winter.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1281718/
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

September 26, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9287265

OMG, I am inundated! They're everywhere! Seems like they just showed up, too. Just horrible. I HATE them. But I hate chemicals more, so am trying to figure out a plan for battle...

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9287276

Grayce---Have your vacuum at hand...suck them up!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9287367

Go to the continuation thread linked just above your post...see the electric fly swatter cure.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9287404

coleup wrote:I've started a continuation thread over here to discuss and commiserate this fall's population looking to snuggle up in our homes for this winter.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1281718/[/quote]


Thanks Sally.

See everyone over on the new thread!

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