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This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Hagerstown, Maryland Upton, Massachusetts Bay City, Michigan Annandale, New Jersey Greensboro, North Carolina Stilwell, Oklahoma Baden, Pennsylvania Coraopolis, Pennsylvania Waynesboro, Pennsylvania York, Pennsylvania Spring, Texas Goode, Virginia Friendly, West Virginia
On Oct 19, 2009, walhall from Hagerstown, MD wrote:
Our area in Washington Country MD has been overwhelmed with not a green stinkbug but a brownish/grayish type which covers mostly whitish surfaces.
They are hard to kill and after their "season" in warm weather they penetrate cracks in the homes and become a nuisance inside. Ideal removal is done by touching them with duck tape.
They also hide inside equipment housings, such as carburators and render them inoperative. Apparently blocking the air intake, the equipment will not start properly until totally cleaned out.
We, too, have the brown version of the stinkbug in the 17406
area, pretty heavily infested. Would really like to know a
prevention method for keeping them out of our houses.
Really don't see them outside around windows, or on plants,
etc. Spray doesn't seem to help much.
On Aug 5, 2011, LysmachiaMoon from Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have 2 tips to help control stinkbugs. 1. Get a wet/dry vac and fill it partway with water. Add dishwashing liquid (just a little) or rubbing alcohol. Vacuum up bugs (they congregate on warm siding, garage doors, etc.). Let sit for a day to kill the bugs, then BURY them or bag them up for trash collect.
2. If you can, keep free range chickens. I have stinkbugs EVERYWHERE in the house and garden shed, but have yet to find one in the henhouse.
On Sep 12, 2011, rob1976 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Bad problem with the brown version one this sept. 2011 year. Totally wiped out my pumkins for October harvest. They suck the juices from the leaves or deposit their saliva which damages the leaves. Noticed eggs on top of pumpkin leaves late August. They are very small red looking dots or globes. Also they love warm areas especially the chimney. Every year when I go to clean the chimney they are everywhere. We bought the ortho plant and vegetable insect killer to hopefully have solution. Not sure if works just bought yesterday.
We have mainly the brown stinkbugs and a few green ones . Every year we seem to get more and more in our veggie garden . We can hardly get a good crop of tomatoes any more . The only way I find to kill them is to knock them off into soapy water but that is a never ending job . So I give up after a while. I sure wish there was a way to get rid of them without using insecticides. I will not use any insecticides once my veggies start producing . This yr they hit the cucumbers also . I live in spring , tx