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Attack of the Stinkbugs!

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Attack of the Stinkbugs!

Has this ever happened to you: You’re cleaning up around your house when you spot a massive brown bug that looks like something from a sci-fi action thriller. If the critter in question has a broad, shield-shaped body with stripes around the edges and on the antennae, long legs, and a comparatively tiny head, you may have a stinkbug on your hands.

The brown marmorated stinkbug, or simply stinkbug for short, is an invasive pest that is native to China. It was first discovered in the United States in the late 1990s, in the state of Pennsylvania. Stinkbugs have since spread to 40 states, as well as parts of Canada, though they are still most plentiful in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

Stinkbugs range in size from half an in to an inch in size, but their most notable characteristic is the one that gives them their name. When stinkbugs are frightened, disturbed, or killed by crushing, they emit a pungent odor that some describe as skunk-like.

Stinkbugs are becoming an increasingly problematic agricultural pest — the herbivorous insects inject their sharp, pointy mouths into fruit and other crops, leaving behind rotted areas that make them unviable for sale as fresh produce.

To the average homeowner, though, stinkbugs are mostly harmless. They do not cause any structural or other damage and, unlike roaches, ants, and other common household pests, stinkbugs are solitary creatures and do not travel in colonies. While you may find a group of stinkbugs together in a garden, these are simply individuals drawn to the same food source.

Stinkbugs emerge in the spring to feed and reproduce. As the weather turns colder, the bugs start invading homes in search of a warm place to spend the winter. Late July and August are the most common times to see damage on plants.

So what do you do if you encounter a stinkbug, and how do you keep them out? Here’s a quick primer:

In Your Home
If you find a stinkbug, or a few, in your home, do not panic. Stinkbugs are harmless to humans, structures, and fabrics. Whatever you do, do not crush a stinkbug. As its name suggests, a threatened or crushed stinkbug will release an unpleasant, skunky odor. The easiest way to get rid of stinkbugs is to vacuum them up. If you have a a Shop-Vac or a little-used spare vacuum you keep in a garage, use it to prevent the smell from infiltrating your home. Be sure replace the bag immediately, or clean out a bagless model with vinegar.

Some people like to catch stinkbugs and flush them down the toilet. While effective, this method also results in a lot of wasted water if used too frequently.

Keeping Them Out
To keep stinkbugs from invading your home in the first place, make sure everything is sealed up well. Fill in cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, chimneys, and underneath fascia with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Repair or replace damaged screens on doors and windows.

In The Garden
While stinkbugs pose no real threat to homeowners, they can be incredibly destructive pests for farmers and gardeners. They feed on a wide range of tree fruits and seed pods as well as many vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, beans, and sweet corn.

To keep stinkbugs from devouring your garden, you can purchase commercial stinkbug traps that will capture adult stinkbugs. Planting sunflowers and marigolds will also help by attracting beneficial insects that will eat stinkbug eggs and larva.


1 Tom { 10.09.16 at 9:17 am }

I purchased a insecticide from named “TALSTAR P” we had a terrable infestation of stink bugs, they were all over the outside of the house and garage. I sprayed this stuff and within minutes the bugs were dropping DEAD. I highly recommend this product.

2 I put borax powder in my sweeper canister and suck them dries them out and they stink { 10.06.16 at 11:24 am }

I put borax powder in my sweeper canister and suck them dries them up..

3 Addie { 10.06.16 at 8:43 am }

I keep a small hand held vacuum and suck them up with it and dump it out for my chickens to eat. My chickens love them. Also, be careful to never get one in the garbage disposal.that steel will last for days!

4 Dee { 10.06.16 at 1:13 pm }

Did it leave an odor when u sprayed it with soap and water?

5 Kelly { 10.06.16 at 5:54 am }

Simple solution. Soap and water in a spray bottle. It kills them. Takes a minute or two, but once you spray them, they can no longer fly and eventually just drop dead.

6 Abe { 10.06.16 at 12:26 am }

I read they release a pheromone that attracts other. This is why when you see one there is often more.

7 Artie { 10.05.16 at 10:52 pm }

Farmer’s Cooperatives have a product called TEMPO SC. Follow instructions and mix in a hand sprayer. Spray around foundation oh
Spray around house where the blocks and siding meet, & around windows
Will leave milky look on windows but washes off easily

8 Tasha caudle { 10.05.16 at 11:25 pm }

What spray did you use I’ve been seeing them more and More and I have kids so please

9 Diane { 10.05.16 at 9:20 pm }

I hate to bust your bubble but they do bite! I had one land on my neck and it bit the crap out of me. Made me sick to my stomach for about an hour. Seems they are more this year the last. My son used duct tape to stick them to it and collected about twenty of them. He found a spray and sprayed all around the door and windows.

10 Christina { 10.05.16 at 9:01 pm }

We were trying to stain our wood siding and it was horrible. They would fly at you with stain on them and get stuck in the stain on the house. We are having a terrible time doing any outside activities because they are so bad. Then in the evening they cover my windows and doors and find a way in to cover my walls, curtians and everything else. Most disgusting thing is the little trail of spit or whatever it is on my walls and pictures. It’s just here and there but it’s where they are all gathering together. They are nothing but pest.

11 Aj { 10.05.16 at 6:27 pm }

We didn’t have stink bugs when the cicada’s were visiting this summer. And now that they are gone the stink bugs are back. I would seriously rather hear the noise of a cicada than to smell a stink bug 🙂

12 Donna Angland { 10.12.16 at 8:21 am }

How much r the stink bug traps ? I want one if they r not much .

13 Marcie Piantedosi { 10.06.16 at 5:42 pm }

Would you make me a trap for stink bugs? Is there a cost??

14 Diane Ketterman { 10.05.16 at 11:04 am }

I have a home made trap.if you email me I’ll make you one 🙂

15 Lisa { 10.06.16 at 1:08 am }

I had one on my pillow, rolled over on it.. The smell was horrible got up had a huge red welp on my temple, made me sick to my stomach and I had a headache for 2 days. So yes they do bite!!!

16 Melissa { 10.05.16 at 12:29 pm }

Look up the Kissing bug. Sounds like your problem.

17 be careful { 10.05.16 at 11:53 am }

sounds more like an assassin bug. They look just like stink bugs but, they bite and can cause terrible wounds and infections.

18 Jen { 10.05.16 at 11:49 am }

Have her checked by a doctor immediately there is another kind of Chinese bug that looks like a stink bug and it injects you with a parasite when it bites you!

19 Diana { 10.05.16 at 8:06 am }

All of these comments say stink bugs are harmless, but they are not harmless. I watched one fly across our living room waiting for it to land. It just happened to land on my 10 year old daughters neck. She started screaming and I just thought it was because she’s terrified of bugs, but that wasn’t what it was at all. This stink bug either stung her or bit her. About a half hour later there was an area on her neck about the size of a golf ball. It was really red and had blisters on it. It looked like she had been burnt.

20 Mary { 10.07.16 at 7:02 pm }

Had one in my dresser drawer in as a child in the fifties. I remembered what it was when I saw it this year!!!

21 cmcbob { 10.05.16 at 5:46 am }

They were around in the fiftys why are they saying the 90s

22 Jason { 10.05.16 at 2:25 pm }

There are native stink bugs, but that species with the white stripe on the antennae didn’t come across until the nineties.

23 cmcbob { 10.05.16 at 5:43 am }

Why are they saying they came in the 1990s.I know they were here in the fiftys

24 Thom S. { 10.05.16 at 1:30 am }


25 Thom S. { 10.05.16 at 1:28 am }

I had a travel trailer that when I opened it up in the spring after storing it over the winter, was INFESTED with stink bugs. I used a bug bomb and it did the trick. The only negative was the clean up after the air cleared.

26 Lee { 10.05.16 at 12:58 am }

I use Dawn soap and water in a spray bottle. Make it nice and blue. Give them a good spray and they will die in about 15 – 30 seconds and the don’t smell. The better spray bottle the larger kill zone

27 Cindy { 10.05.16 at 10:54 am }

If you have siding on your house, they nest there. When we had an all brick home, we rarely saw them. Just in the garden. But now, we have a half brick half vinyl and they’re everywhere. I laid in bed one night curious as to why the heck we had them now and read about them, and read that bit of info. Hope it helps.

28 carolyn { 10.04.16 at 10:28 pm }

Never had them so bad. They fly, stick on sliding screen door. The smell makes me want to vomit. Don’t know where they are coming from. Don’t have anything listed in commits. The only thing I have is regular plants I put outside. Any reply would be great. Thank you.

29 Ashlee { 10.05.16 at 7:03 pm }

I do the same… luckily have never smelt one beforr

30 Bonnie B { 10.05.16 at 8:20 am }

Smell your fingers after you capture them. At some point, you will get the drift.

31 Heather Ward { 10.04.16 at 8:13 pm }

Strange I have never once smelled them. I just pick em up in a tissue and throw them outside. Oh well I’m lucky I guess.

32 Julie Riley { 10.04.16 at 11:20 pm }

Agreed, another gift from China. Probably all stink bugs hitched rides home with us from Wal-Mary. I once bit into a stink bug when eating popcorn in a dark room watching while watching a movie. OMGosh……it was soooooooooo awful!

33 Bugbgone { 10.04.16 at 8:06 pm }

I’ve had one land in my salad before, and my was it delicious! Just kidding, I can’t stand them, and they’ve ruined cucumbers for me. As a matter of fact, I can no longer eat anything that reminds me of their smell. Another win for China, bunch of commie yokels.

34 Kitt { 10.04.16 at 7:58 pm }

Some people can’t smell them – I am one of the “lucky” ones with a bad nose haha! My husband is very sensitive to the smell though – which means I get to do most of the stinkbug removal. Last year we bought some traps that were sort of like flypaper with a scent that was supposed to attract them to the sticky paper. We hung them in the attic and it seemed to help cut down on the populations on the main floor. Attics are an easy place for them to get in and remain undisturbed and sheltered for winter. So check your attics if you have a whole bunch, that might be the place they’re hiding or coming in at!

35 Rb { 10.04.16 at 5:36 pm }

Best to catch them in a gatorade bottle w/lid. Put 1 drop dish soap in 1/4″ of water in bottle. Remove lid just before holding mouth of bottle over stinkbug as it climbs walls or on ceilings, bug jumps right in and drowns in seconds…no smell. Dump water outside after catching 6 or so bugs and refill…DO NOT SPILL WATER INSIDE! LOL. Catch them as they enter your home, they do not breed inside, they lay eggs outside in summer.Killem all so they cannot lay eggs for next years invasion!!!

36 dixie rose { 10.04.16 at 4:41 pm }

I vacuum them up about 5 times a day , and empty the vacuum (mines a little handheld one) into my chickens water bowl, they eat em up fast, I haven’t found any way to keep them out of my house though

37 Brenda { 10.10.16 at 12:10 am }

I spent an entire day sealing every gap & clearance around vents, exhaust fans, & also filled in gaps around pipes (under all sinks & tubs), then used a good (light colored) medical tape to completely seal out any entry at all!! These stinkbugs drove me almost completely insane last year (resulting in an eruption of shingles), it began to feel as if they were actually irritating me intentionally!!! hahahahaha… but I’m happy to report that I’ve not seen one stinkbug inside since!!!

38 Jackie H { 10.04.16 at 9:15 pm }

Those arent ladybugs, they are Asian beetles. “Trapper John” once advised burning mulberry scented candles in your home to keep ladybugs/Asian beetles at bay. Has worked for me for 25 years!

39 Chris { 10.04.16 at 6:59 pm }

I have the same problem with ladybugs, every year about October I keep a vacuum handy because I have to vacuum them up daily. Goes on for a few weeks and then they are gone. It’s annoying I agree.

40 lisa mcdaniel { 10.04.16 at 3:45 pm }

My pand this goes on until problem is I have an infestation of them,same time every year and then like a month later,lady bugsI guess that’s what they are,totally infest my home. Right now and the stink bugs just started I probably have over 100 in my house, I have 30 foot ceilings and they go to the top of the bay windows,then when the lady bugs come, I can sweep up hundreds in a day and this goes on until late spring. I know they say seal your house but they get in my truck inside the door panels,,so if they can penetrate a closed vehickle,I could never seal my house tighter than a car. it is so bad,I want to sell my house, . They are like migrating birds and come to certain areas every year

41 Amy { 10.04.16 at 1:52 pm }

Stink bugs have a terrible odor! One that is so bad that it sticks to your fingers if you are trying to flush them.
You have to gingerly pick them up to dispose. If you vacuum them they stink the vacuum up as well.
GAH! We hate stink bug season in my house!!

42 Jody { 10.04.16 at 10:45 am }

My understanding is the stench released draws more stink bugs not so much an odor we can smell.

43 Beverly Henrion { 10.04.16 at 12:42 pm }

They will destroy a garden over night .. That’s harmful to me since I am a gardener …

44 Miranda { 10.04.16 at 10:08 am }

I never kill them! I can’t bring myself to kill them since they are harmless. I usually just find something such as a piece of paper or paper towels and release them back outside. We have had a tremendous amount of them this year!

45 Mona Anderson { 10.04.16 at 9:52 am }

the ones i got look just like the picture but either i cant smell or they just dont. They fly in my hair + get stuck. Im gonna try pep.oil+ distilled water,blackflag,bug bombs and dawn next!!

46 Greg P { 10.04.16 at 9:23 am }

My solution: The InStinkerator!
Take an empty spray bottle, remove the tube – you are not going to spray with it.
Put a few ounces of denatured alcohol in the bottom.
When you want to catch a bug, unscrew the top and approach the bug with the open mouth. As noted above, typically the bug just falls in. Once they hit the alcohol, it’s curtains. You can reuse the liquid too, by straining the bugs out through cheesecloth and putting the alcohol back in the bottle. Denatured alcohol is very cheap and effective.
Using an old spray bottle has the advantage that you can easily hold the bottle to avoid spilling the liquid, though even so, you don’t need to tilt the bottle all the way to horizontal to catch the bugs.
The reason you want to get rid of them is highlighted by the people who say they are infested. They’re infested because the bugs have moved in and bred in their homes.

47 Julie Rileyl { 10.04.16 at 11:23 pm }

LOL. I’m sure you are joking.

48 Kristie { 10.04.16 at 3:50 pm }

Seriously? Why? You need someone to make you a sammich & you need some milk!

49 Billy { 10.04.16 at 12:55 pm }

You can come to my garden and have a feast.

50 John { 10.04.16 at 9:22 am }

I eat them! They are actually delicious and don’t leave a bad smell!

51 Judith { 10.04.16 at 9:20 am }

I don’t use a vacuum anymore because the stink is foul! I use an empty water bottle to catch them and throw away! BORAX around window seals and at the area at the bottom of the screen door where they like to invade…

52 j { 10.04.16 at 10:48 am }

I have smelled them, because they were also all over my dorm house and they smelled like skunk. Except for one who liked to hang out in my window. My roommate and I banned him Fred. I’m weird.

53 LORI { 10.04.16 at 8:59 am }

thats why we still have them here in the states because people let them go and dont kill them. im killing everyone i see, i think when they spray, they smell like cucumbers, i dont eat cucumbers any more. no way do they smell like skunk, who ever said that must not have ever smelled one!

54 Alicia Bailey { 10.06.16 at 12:03 pm }

That’s what I do too! A bowl or bucket of hot soapy water. Just knock them in with a stick. Dead in no time. I have never smelled one, so maybe I’m one of the people that can’t smell them.

55 Tammy { 10.04.16 at 6:57 am }

Just a bucket of water with some dish soap. Catch them then toss them in the bucket. They drown instantly.

56 Janice { 10.04.16 at 11:05 am }

Yep duck tape works better!! Absolutely can not stand them!!!

Home Defense doesn’t kill them instantly but after spraying your house outside….you find them dead the next morning

57 Marie { 10.04.16 at 6:33 am }

If you find a stink bug in your house just get a piece of masking tape, stick it on their back and fold it into a little package, don’t squeeze it and put it in the trash. No chemicals, no wasted water and no smell. Masking tape is inexpensive and this works really well. They can’t escape the tape and die, no smell.

58 Marie { 10.04.16 at 1:44 pm }

The stink bugs are not harmless! Read above ! Stink bugs are invasive and destroys crops

59 Bob { 10.04.16 at 5:58 am }

I don’t trap or kill them. They are harmless so I leave them alobe

60 ESummers { 10.04.16 at 4:57 am }

Doggone! So that’s what that was! I blamed my cat for the smell!! She had just finished eating and I just thought she had some gas!

I just remove bugs from my house. Old glass over them, then slide cardboard mailer slowly under the glass so they have to eventually step onto it. Then when the cardboard completely covers the bottom of the glass, I take them somewhere remote and let them go.

61 Jillian { 10.04.16 at 4:57 am }

I pick them up and take them outside they do not bite. Sometimes I pick them up and chase my son with them he hates bugs and screams lol

62 Laura { 10.04.16 at 12:19 am }

I have been battling stink bugs for the past several years. I have tried everything mentioned in all the comments and nothing keeps them away. I’ve had thousands of them on the sides of the house especially in the late afternoon when the sun is strong. My killing method is quite simple. I tear off a piece of duct tape and put it over the bug. Then fold the tape gently over it without squishing and throw it in the garbage. There is no smell at all. It is time consuming, but one bug at a time is the way. If you use a vacuume cleaner, cut a piece of panty hose. Knot one end. Insert the panty hose around the wand and rubber band it. Shove the end of the panty hose into the vacuume wand. The bugs will be sucked into the panty hose and not into your vacuume bag. Take out the panty hose filled with bugs, tie the top and dispose of the whole thing.

63 Julie Rileyl { 10.04.16 at 11:25 pm }

Stink bugs don’t bite.

64 Lori { 10.04.16 at 1:38 am }

Assassin bugs look just like stink bugs but have red on them!

65 L. Price { 10.04.16 at 12:14 am }

I have never known stink bugs to bite. Are you sure it wasn’t something else that caused the place you thought was a bite??

66 Maaaaa { 10.03.16 at 11:07 pm }

I live in central eastern PA and we have lots of these nasty critters. They seem to love the SW corner of the house, inside and out. And they bite! Felt one crawling into my ear while sleeping (I was awake then!) and as I was pulling it out I was bitten- opening of ear canal. My entire ear was a red, painful, swollen mess for a week. Ridiculous. Thanks for the good tips- will be using some of them!

67 Jeff hunter { 10.05.16 at 12:59 am }

I have tried everything to kill them and the only thing that I have found that works is either carb cleaner or starting fluid . depending on brand, some kill instantly others may cripple the bugs for a few before they die. As for keeping them out of the house get silicone and seal around doors and windows. I absolutely cannot stand these bug’s. Reminds me of the plagues God used against the Egyptian rulers when trying to get the isrealites released from slavery.

68 Char { 10.03.16 at 10:30 pm }

EASY TRAP: Cut the top 4-5 inches of a plastic water bottle. Add 1 inch of Borax. Invert the lid and scotch tape around the edges. Just slide the bottle up under the stink bug and it falls into the Borax like a funnel. they cant figure how to get out of the bottle and dry up and die. No liquids to worry about spilling; Throw out when you want. Can accumulate plenty of them. I have one in every room.

69 Brenda { 10.03.16 at 10:10 pm }

I put bug bombs off in the attic, where the majority of the nasty pest like to lay eggs. This not only kills the bugs but the nits as well!👨

70 Lesley Sterger { 10.04.16 at 1:31 am }

Karen, you are awesome.

71 Karen Schneider { 10.03.16 at 9:52 pm }

They’re harmless. I leave them alone. They don’t bother me and I don’t bother them.

72 Robyn Perch { 10.04.16 at 5:52 pm }

Talstar is amazing and works wonders! We spray the house and patio furniture. The next day it looks like a stink bug massacre.

73 VaFarmer { 10.04.16 at 11:55 am }

A product sold at farmers cooperatives called Talstar. You use one ounce to a gallon of water. It’s safe to spray on your plants. It will kill them all in a matter of hours

74 Sad { 10.03.16 at 9:51 pm }

We grow pumpkins and this year they destroyed half my pumpkin plants!!! What can I do to fix this??? How do you get rid of them or how do you prevent them from killing off my pumpkins?

75 Vicki Wheelock { 10.04.16 at 1:46 am }

I sprayed the ones on my screen door with vinegar water and they died within 5 minutes. I continued to spray the whole screen, then. I have also used peppermint oil mixed with water and spray that around windows and doors to keep bugs and insects out. I like the natural way so my dog doesn’t injest the poisons.

76 Elaine Williams { 10.03.16 at 9:09 pm }

I keep an empty vitamin bottle handy, and any time one gets in, I tap him with the lid and they fall right in the bottle. After I get so many, I just toss the bottle away. Just heard of another couple of good ideas, too…lavender oil or peppermint oil on a cotton ball and put in strategic places around your windows, doors and baseboards will keep not only stink bugs away, but discourage roaches and spiders, too.If stink bugs DO get in, try putting blue Dawn dish detergent in a spray bottle and squirting them. They’ll die without emitting that nasty smell, and you’ve got no harsh chemicals in your home.

77 Rachel { 10.04.16 at 1:05 am }

I’m with you Ronnie. I’d rather have spiders any day.

78 Sherry { 10.03.16 at 10:50 pm }

I think I would rather deal with the stink bugs then with spiders, now ur gonna have to deal with both. At least the stink bugs don’t bite, spiders do!! No offense dude, but this is not a very good nor smart idea lol

79 Ronnie { 10.03.16 at 9:01 pm }

I just purchased a bulk order of spiders online and haven’t seen one since letting the spiders loose in the house….for the ones that got away eucalyptus oil works great!

80 DiannaP { 10.03.16 at 7:50 pm }

I tried a mixture of fresh mint and water in a spray bottle, let it sit overnight so the oils mic will then spray everywhere, even in furniture as it does not stain. I sprayed my sun room, even under the sofa chains and no more stink bugs! I reapplied once or twice a week and they have not returned. Good luck

81 Cathy { 10.03.16 at 6:55 pm }

I live in NW Montana and this year we have a ton of stink bugs. I’m going to try some ideas I’ve read to try and keep them at bay. I usually just get a tissue and put them in a ziploc bag.

82 willis farley { 10.03.16 at 6:43 pm }

i got stinkbugs how can i get rid of them they are in my home

83 Kristie { 10.04.16 at 4:02 pm }

That’s what I do as well, I don’t smash them, just use toilet paper & father it up, toss & flush

84 Kris { 10.03.16 at 6:33 pm }

I absolutely dislike these stink bugs.. I have been bitten by one and it took a long time to get rid of the itching and the bite .. whenever I see one I scoop it up with a tissue and throw it down the toilet !

85 Brenda { 10.03.16 at 11:05 pm }

I have used the lavender scented dryer sheets, which works by rubbing them all over your screens. It has an oily film that adheres to the screen. So far, so good… I just wished someone had told me they FLY!!! Only from landing to landing, but still!! 😜

86 Lisa - Certified Aromatherapist { 10.03.16 at 9:04 pm }

Izzy -You have to use distilled water. Essential oils do not disolve in tap water. Using tap water will be like having soild drops of oil in water. But for some reason it will dissolve/mix in distilled water. Lavander Essential Oil (EO) can be purchased at your local health food store. Some Walmart even carry EO’s. Be sure it’s an essential oil and not a scented oil. It is a highly concentrated oil there for a few drops and an 8 ounce bottle should be fine. Do not use plastic it will eat away at the plastic after some time. I would suggest getting a travel-size bottle that you would use on the airlines. Fill that, use it and then empty it. Prepare this as a one time use only unless you have glass spray bottles.

87 Izzy { 10.03.16 at 7:11 pm }

What are some more specifics of this? Was it lavendar essential oils? What was the ratio of lavendar oil to water? Would love to try this, sounds like something effective that also smells good.thanks for the tips!

88 Bobbi { 10.03.16 at 6:06 pm }

I sprayed our entry doors with lavender oil today mixed with water. They didn’t seem to like that at all. So far so good,

89 Joanna { 05.02.16 at 8:54 pm }

I knock them off the wall and then put them into a plastic zip lock bag… They suffocate and die. No poisons, no toxins, and no wasting water. I HATE finding them in my bed room. Any where else, but not my bedroom please!

90 Cindy { 05.01.16 at 9:37 pm }

I found that if I use an old jelly jar with a lid and fill it halfway with water and a couple of squirts of dishwashing liquid they will drown in it because the soap breaks the surface tension of the water and they sink to the bottom of the jar. How do I get them in the jar – if they are on the wall, I just scoop them from the bottom and they fall right into the jar. Be sure and close the jar quickly as they emit that odour (yuck). After you have a few, take it to the toilet and flush. Refill with more solution. Easy and doesn’t use a lot of water!!

91 D dailey { 10.03.16 at 10:08 pm }

Readily available at Tractor Supply. I use on a regular basis!

92 Bug hater { 01.13.16 at 8:52 pm }

Try a very thin layer of food grade (not pool treatment) …diametaceous earth… Keep it dry – it is ineffective if wet.. It acts like shards of glass that gets into insects joints and causes them to desiccate.

93 Chris { 07.28.15 at 8:41 pm }

These stink bugs were so bad when I lived in TN. You could not go outside without them getting into house. They stink really bad. I really hate them and their smell.

94 susan { 07.28.15 at 3:55 pm }

The BROWN MARMORATED stinkbugs, with the shield shape, are NOT the stinkbugs we grew up with. These are new and invasive. They smell like a teenage boy’s gym socks left in the locker all year long. We in NJ were invaded by them several years ago (5 or so now) and they were so bad for a while I was crazed. Now Terminex sprays the exterior walls of my house in August and September, and in May, and we have gone from catching and flushing over 100 a day to one every so often. They mainly enter through poor fitting screens. I spray my screens with peppermint spray for good measure. They are a satanic scourge, that is for sure. They like to nest in clothes over the winter. They do NOT hate water; we mostly find them in the shower these days. DONT vacuum them! The next time you turn on your vac, you will fill your home with eau du rotten gym socks. Ugh. Grab them with tissue without squashing them and drop them in a container of vinegar, alcohol, dish soap, or the like, and close the top. Flush them all away once a day. Good luck. Not one of the best things we ever imported from China…

95 juanita lewis { 07.23.15 at 1:20 pm }

i dont have a big problem with them but saw a special on television one day…this guy wraps duck tape inside out around a can a big one…put holes in the can and put a bulb inside string it on a hanger and hangs it up the light attract them and they get stuck to the duck tape…then you throw the can away and do it again on another one no muss now fuss… a guy makes money selling these can things it cleared his yard his kids couldn’t go outside there was so many…now hes almost bug free….worth a try…

96 JD { 05.18.15 at 10:46 pm }

I put the stink bugs I find into our paper shredder. The paper shreds that are in there absorb the stinky smell and the bug does not come back out.

97 PUP { 04.20.15 at 10:37 pm }

also, although I dont like to use toxic chemicals… you can use moth balls between the screens and windows and I have dropped one or two of these behind light and wall fixtures. they appear to dislike water and rain so I discovered my white noise machine helped to get rid of them usingthe waterfall setting. no kidding. between the little smoking of the sage and waterfall and the garlic spray… they left. finally.

98 PUP { 04.20.15 at 10:34 pm }

they truly detest garlic. smash up some fresh garlic or make a spray using garlic powder with water and spritz the woodwork around the windows and doors and on your decks but keep your animals away from licking it, til dry. These bugs also fear sage smoke so I’ve used one bright lamp while burning a tiny bit of sage to draw them out, usually when it smells too bad to sleep at night. I also use skin so soft by avon on myself and my baskets and mats out front. and am allergic to insect bites and stings. who says they do not bite or ruin property interest has not had to deal with them, obviously.

99 Beth { 10.03.16 at 8:54 pm }

Me too! Cheap entertainment

100 Sarah { 04.17.15 at 10:01 pm }

I use a bug zapper paddle

101 Jennifer { 04.17.15 at 7:01 pm }

I keep an old jar of vinegar and dawn dish soap in my kitchen and bathroom. I put them in that and it stops there smell and kills them. My kids call it the drink bugs grave yard.

102 Brenda Hunnicutt { 04.17.15 at 6:27 pm }

we played with them as children,I’m 67 can put them on the top of a paper plate and they will walk the circle until they die.maybe. They will walk that paper plate circle, I gave up watching them do it until I let them go.

103 Penny Oulds { 04.17.15 at 2:41 pm }

I have a $500 Dyson vac and I am not using it to suck up stink bugs. We have an old stone house with too many crevices to close up. I grab them in a tissue and put them in the toilet. I wait until someone “goes” to flush so we don’t waste water.

104 Donna { 04.17.15 at 10:34 am }

When I see a stink bug I will kill it and then flush it down the toilet.

105 bec { 04.17.15 at 10:19 am }

Windex works great, paralizes them instantly,and you can clean your windows after.

106 Selena King { 04.17.15 at 7:06 am }

We live in an old(1800). log cabin. We have fought them ever since we have lived there. We have found, using an empty water/soda bottle with a mix of a few drops of Dawn dishwashing detergent and enough water to fill about 1/3 of bottle. I have a pair of long tweezers. I grab them fast enough to keep them from releasing their stink. The stink is loaded with theremones, which lures more of the critters. We catch between 100+ a day. But by doing this we have noticed less each year. Saying they don’t bite, is WRONG! I have had several bites on my body from them. Very painful!

107 Susan { 04.17.15 at 6:47 am }

We spray peppermint essential oil mixed in water around doors and windows in the fall. Keeps spiders and mice from moving in. Happily it seems stink bugs don’t like it either and we were not plagued with them this winter. I resprayed the is Spring when we saw the first couple and no new ones have come in. 🙂

108 Gail { 04.17.15 at 1:16 am }

Even though I can not offer any cure for one of the most disgusting words in the English language. Seriously, the words ” stink bugs ” deserves to be in the same sentence with words like, ” Oswald “, ” Isis ” and “Bates Motel”. I live in the foot hills of the NC mountains and over run by you guessed it “stink bugs”. Recently I retired and purchased a small place at Topsail Beach,NC. Guess what………. NO stink bugs !!!! Not even one, none , Nada, Zilch, !!!! I have lived on the beach now for 6 months and still not the first stink bug. Right before retiring I was able to gain a little control over the creepy and disgusting creatures. Like you I went on line looking for a way to rid myself of these things. And, like you I read every way under the sun to get rid of them from vacuuming to getting them intoxicated with rubbing alcohol. Nothing that I read said very little about killing them. Everything spoke mainly about sneaking up on them and trapping in a jar or vacuum cleaner. None of this really made too much sense with me. But there was one thing that did make sense to me and that was here was this bug living in my warm house and having sex on a regular basis and making more and more babies which will in no time be having sex in my warm house and making even more babies……. you get the picture. As a result my boy friend and myself decided to try something completely different. Since everything that I read says that they are attracted to light and light colors especially yellow. So we decided to cut every light in the house off. We placed a burning lamp in the center of the largest room in the house. Every time a stink bug showed up we would kill it by smushing it between 4 layers of paper towels. The 4 layers is very important because any layers less than 4 and their “stink” will bleed through onto your fingers. It took about 3 days of this and we finally got the situation somewhat under control. IMPORTANT !!! Notice I said ” stink bugs under control” and not ” stink bug free “. There is a difference. It may creep you out at first with the feel of squashing the stink bugs but in time it gets easier. I have compared my method to others and mine seems to have better results. Give it a shot, what have you got to lose but some dead stink bugs and after all what is the goal to all of this.

109 Angie { 10.03.16 at 7:56 pm }

One bug at a time unfortunately!! Check all curtains and anywhere else they can hide. My bedroom was infested with them and I literally killed 72 of them. I went through the room and found them in their hiding spots and picked them up with toilet paper and put them in a large baggie.

110 Dee { 04.17.15 at 1:16 am }

Killing, catching, finding, seeing etc.etc. isn’t the problem. My home is infested with them. They land on me while I’m watching tv, sleeping etc.etc. my question is HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM??

111 Linda L Pierson { 04.17.15 at 12:14 am }

I use finger nail polish remover in a spray bottle it locks them up and they die a few seconds later then just throw them away outside properly the remover will disapates

112 Linda L Pierson { 04.17.15 at 12:08 am }

put some fingernail polish remover in spray bottle with in seconds they lock up and die and the spray disapates

113 jt { 04.16.15 at 10:43 pm }

Live in St. Louis MO. These stinkbugs would be on sides of houses and ground in the 60’s when i was in grade school.

114 Angie { 10.03.16 at 7:59 pm }

I seen one outside on a leaf in a tree in my yard here in Virginia just last week and it was green. It threw me for a loop. I was wondering if it would eventually turn brown. Now makes me think it might be the type you’re talking about.

115 Darla McMinn { 04.16.15 at 10:28 pm }

I live in Western North Carolina (just outside of Asheville), and we also had stink bugs growing up in the 60’s – 70’s, however, ours were a green color, and certainly were not invasive, as these brown ones currently are…I am allergic to these brown ones (they make my eyes itch, nose burn & run, and my throat sore, along with coughing, if I encounter their spray when catching them), they smell horrible, they do spot walls, fabrics, appliances, furniture, and spots are noticeable if same is light colored. I have gotten up to 20+ a day, and I truly hate these bugs. I have to check my clothing, bed covers, shoes, towels, etc., on a daily basis. I have a soda bottle trap with a little peroxide, bleach, or bug spray in the bottom, and empty the bottle each week, and start over again. I’ve stopped going barefoot inside my home, as I have dark colored carpet in some rooms, and so that makes them very hard to see when walking around, but I definitely know it if I’ve stepped on one…Immediate stink!!!!

116 gail { 04.16.15 at 10:17 pm }

This looks like the bugs we found in the house over winter. For all insects that aren’t welcome in the house, I keep a few cans of cheap, tacky aerosol hair spray around. Coat the intruder completely with the hairspray and within a few seconds they are dead. Scoop up with a tissue and throw out, done deal!

117 Phyllis { 04.16.15 at 9:22 pm }

My best suggestion to lesson their numbers, is chickens. Chickens love these little bugs, dead or alive. Sweep them up and throw them out and the chickens come running.

118 Katherine Parlove { 04.16.15 at 9:17 pm }

My neighbor down the street planted Lemon Grass all around her house and yard and had very few last year compared to my yard. I’m going to try planting several this year as a test. We are in Maine and I have only seen or noticed them in the last decade here. Never saw them when I was growing up which was many years ago but let’s not go there!

119 gg1557 { 04.16.15 at 8:55 pm }

These are very creepy bugs. While vacationing in North Carolina, I found four in our very immaculate hotel room. I quietly brought it to the attention of the front desk and he told me they are having a huge problem in that area due to all the local vineyards. So I grabbed a soft, fluffy towel and grabbed them all off the ceiling and threw them in the flush. No odor. No more problem. But here in Maine, I know they’re just waiting for the warm up!

120 DK { 04.16.15 at 8:48 pm }

the most effective weapon I’ve found to catch these pests is called a “Bugzooka”…google it…works great and from a distance…

121 eunice { 04.16.15 at 7:56 pm }

Is there anything that will KILL them ?

122 Kathy Short { 04.16.15 at 7:55 pm }

Can anyone help me with a problem? We have millepieds all over our yard..They come into the house everywhere ….We have our lawn sprayed regularly.., but nothing seems to kill them.Any suggestions?

123 Greywolf { 04.16.15 at 7:37 pm }

I use an old medicine bottle to scrape them off the ceiling. Put the top on and save for the next one.I usually get between 5 to 10 a day.

124 Joan { 04.16.15 at 7:37 pm }

ive been killing them all winter in my home in Cincinnati. They must be a hardy breed. But stink bugs have been around here before 1940’s, my mother spoke of them in KY as a child, she was born 1920.

125 Tammy { 10.04.16 at 6:56 am }

You don’t have to add all that to your water. Just some dish soap.

126 Charles lewis { 04.16.15 at 7:31 pm }

I catch them in a used 2-liter bottle with peroxide and orange peel it kills them in just a few seconds I catch them off the walls and ceilings their natural instinct is to kick backwards I put the bottle right up to them and they kick back right into the bottle no touching and no stink.

127 Debbie kann { 04.16.15 at 5:54 pm }

i can’t smell, so no problem with the stink. A tissue works great for me. I was a hairdresser, too many stinky perms and colors for my olfactory senses.

128 stinkbugGrrrr { 04.16.15 at 5:14 pm }

Rubbing alcohol in a glass or jar with a lid (for continuous service) place the jar just under them, tap them, they fall in, end of story. This also works great on beetles. But it’s a one at a time solution. Terminex guy hasn’t an answer for them either.

129 Ellie Spires { 04.16.15 at 4:49 pm }

Kaolin clay mixed with water and sprayed on fruits and veggies helps keep them off. They don’t like to get it on them.

130 Bobby { 04.16.15 at 4:30 pm }

I’m 53. We had stinkbugs when I was a kid in VA and TN. My parents spoke of them from their childhood, in the 40’s. Not sure what they discovered in PA in the 90’s.

131 hazel { 04.16.15 at 3:58 pm }

These things suck the life out of my houseplants! I get them to crawl on the flyswatter and run them to the toilet! The soapy water works too, I’ve also heard they don’t like certain smells but will get used to them, wish we could send them back wherever they came from cause now it’s garden season…

132 Trace { 04.16.15 at 3:41 pm }

As CM noted, they were around in the 60s. They may not have been elevated to pest status at that time, but we played with them as kids. We set them loose on the school bus and put them in each other’s clothing, among other things. Maybe PA was just behind the times, and we WV kids were more in the know.

133 Outcast { 04.16.15 at 2:44 pm }

Those stinking little bastards literally ran me out of my home state of WV! BUT,before I left,I discovered the only way to kill them w/o stink! Sounds pretty gross,but it works! You have to flick the little dudes right smack dab in the face,HARD!Works everytime,with no stink emission!

134 Beth { 04.16.15 at 2:44 pm }

We has them in Spokane in the 80’s. They are awful. We were invaded by them in the Spring and Summer. Good Lord, they stink!

135 Bugged in Maryland { 04.16.15 at 2:41 pm }

I’ve found that spreading lemon juice around the edge of the doors using a paint brush helps to keep them out. When they do get in, I use a flyswatter to get them to step onto the swatter. Then I take them back outside and fling them away from the house.

136 steven wells { 02.21.15 at 9:18 pm }

i would like to tell u all allow the the preying manis or the wasps or the mice they will eat them. thank you very much steven wells

137 Melissa { 08.12.14 at 6:44 pm }

Stinkbug larva!! That’s what ate the leaves of my morning glories!! I couldn’t figure it out. Thank you for the article.

138 Louise { 08.12.14 at 1:13 pm }

Just saw one this morning, not knowing what it was, and I tried to kill it, but it got away. It was on my porch outside. Never saw one before!

139 Fionna { 06.03.14 at 3:49 pm }

This article will be a valuable tool for my melon crop this year. thank you so much.

140 Dale { 03.11.14 at 1:35 am }

In Texas there have been, forever, little green ones, inside and out…I just stay away from them but, sometimes they will lite on you in flight

141 Bill { 03.03.14 at 2:21 pm }

I heard Lysol spray will kill them instantly and a solution of dawn liquid soap and water works. I always us paper towels and squish them and I have never smelled any odor. They just freak me out. We have them everywhere this year, even after the sub zero weather. They say they are attracted to the color yellow, so don’t plant yellow flowers close to your house.

142 Mi { 02.27.14 at 7:33 pm }

Yes. Box elder bug. And they can be black&red in color. And I’m not so sure that they don’t bite…I sprayed Black flag spray around doors and windows and haven’t seen one since.

143 Cecil { 02.27.14 at 1:34 pm }

They’ve been around for ever in the south. I had one squirt its foul fluid up my nose. I think they do this instinctively. My nose actually bled. Truly horrible experience. These things smell much worse than a skunk. MUCH worse.

144 Joyfulmom { 11.26.13 at 3:58 pm }

Have had many in my house. Most died of natural causes(no odor). Just swept them up and threw them in the trash.

145 Jaime McLeod { 11.18.13 at 12:14 pm }

DNewell, This article is specifically about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. There are other species, but this is the species that has become a huge problem recently, especially in Eastern States.

146 DNewell { 11.18.13 at 2:17 am }

Don’t know about you all, but the bug their showing looks like a box elder beetle…our stink bugs here in Oregon are Black and boy are they potent!!!! Using Pine Sol inside the house seems to keep them down and at bay….

147 CM { 11.14.13 at 5:04 pm }

The date of these pesky things being discovered is completely false I was born in the 60’s and we had them around when I was a small child!

148 Marian { 11.13.13 at 1:33 pm }

I use one of those tennis racquet shaped bug zappers on stink bugs, which always seem to collect in the screenhouse on my deck. One zap knocks them out, then I just sweep them off the deck

149 Leanne { 11.13.13 at 9:44 am }

I have a terrible problem with squash bugs attacking all manner of melon plants. I found that if I take an entire bulb of garlic, run it through the Vitamix, run it through a strainer, place in a gallon sprayer, full to the correct water level and spray your plants. This doesn’t kill them but it does repel them for several days. Kind of tedious but it keeps your garden organic.

150 R { 11.13.13 at 9:40 am }

I love the little stinkers! If they don’t bother me, I don’t bother them 🙂 As a bonus, if you’re gentle you can even play with them and watch them fly off the tips of your fingers. It’s not so great that they’re invasive, but killing the few in my home would do little to change that, unfortunately. Might as well enjoy them 🙂

151 Dean { 11.13.13 at 9:07 am }

If you see a stink bug get a disposable cup and put a few drops of dishwashing detergent in it. Fill it half full of water and mix it up. Hold cup under the stink bug and bring it up until it touches the bug. The bug will hop off, attempting to fly, and end up in your cup. For some reason, the soapy water kills them rather quickly. I have used this method when the cooler weather comes and the bugs seek out the sun warmed, west facing wall of my house. I have collected a dozen at a time with this method. Give it a try.

152 Jaime McLeod { 11.14.13 at 8:46 am }

I don’t know where you got your information about the federal government importing stinkbugs, but that is completely false. Stinkbugs were first confirmed in Allentown, PA, in 1998, though there had been scattered reports of them before that time. State and federal agencies have considered them to be a harmful invasive species since that first confirmed report.

153 Rob { 11.13.13 at 9:06 am }

Your comment that stink bugs are “harmless to humans, structures and fabrics” is completely wrong. They SPOT everything, whether they are peeing or defalcating I do not know but they spot woodwork, lamp shades, clothes and anything else they sit on for long. It will clean off if found early. This miserable import by the Federal government to control a previous stupid import of lady bugs has created a nightmare.

154 Tammy { 10.04.16 at 6:58 am }

Oh they stink. For sure.

155 cp { 11.13.13 at 9:04 am }

Either I have a bad nose..possible..or I have encountered stinkless bugs!! I smash everyone I see that is out on the screen porch or deck, but inside they get the royal flush! So far I have
not smelled them when I smash them. Last year they I was over-run…this year I have only seen about a dozen or so. Maybe next year there won’t be any! HA!

156 Dragnlaw { 11.13.13 at 8:56 am }

I scoop them up in a tissue and run for the door, then squash. I found that vacuuming them up still leaves a stink around. By accident, I ‘beheaded’ one – and there was no stink! Will I deliberately try beheading again? Doubt I could do it again without a lot of preplanned effort and I just want them out and gone ASAP!

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