But we’ve learned to live with them. They’re harmless, after all. They don’t bite, they don’t sting, they don’t transmit disease. They’re just an annoyance. And they come inside the house because they’re looking for shelter from the cold. When I approached this stink bug to take a picture, it stopped and looked right at me. Almost like it was posing for the camera.
When I stepped back, it continued it’s journey, walking along the entire length of train tracks. Having nothing else to do, we just sat there and watched the stink bug until I grabbed a plastic cup from the kitchen, caught it, and flushed it down the toilet. I’m tired of killing them. It doesn’t seem to affect their population whatsoever.
I watched an episode of Rachael Ray a couple of weeks ago that highlighted this stink bug problem. Dr. Ian Smith calls the brown marmorated stink bugs “the new bedbug.” Do they really stink? A guest on the show said yes. If they feel threatened, like skunks, they’ll release a liquid that smells like “rotting trash, dead fish, spoiled food.” Fortunately I’ve never been exposed to this smell, as I try to get rid of them in a gentle manner.
Dr. Ian Smith said that if you really want to get rid of them, find the nest, and destroy it. That sounds like an impossible task, if you ask me! You can also vacuum them up (I wouldn’t do that to my vacuum!), or try a home remedy of dish soap and water in a spray bottle. Common pesticides don’t work well with these bugs.
While they aren’t harmful to me personally, I know farmers have suffered from this stink bug invasion. They attack any type of crop, it seems. I’m hoping scientist discover a safe way to get rid of them!