Stink Bugs

Virginia Stink Bug

Texas Stink Bug

I VERY do not like stink bugs. We have a lot of them here this year.

Here, let’s take a look at this video by NBC in Washington DC.

We have a lot of them in this area this year.  They have made the news and TV stations. I’ve been curious since I don’t really remember them last year, our first year in Virginia. Everyone, everywhere, is complaining this year so clearly populations are up.

Here’s the thing, as annoying as they are, they are about one quarter the size of a Texas stink bug. Texas Stink Bugs are mammoths compared to what’s crawling around here and get way less press. I hate to say it, but maybe we’re being big babies about our infestation? They are mostly annoying, slow and crawly, hanging out mostly on the screens at our house. When they get inside they tend to hide but then try to get out at some point. They tend to dive bomb and buzz a bit, especially in the evening with the lamps on. They are the June bugs of the Fall.

I’m sure when I have a garden I’ll be more interested in their demise. Bob Webster of KTSA in San Antonio recommends the use of DE/Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer as the best organic control. I’ve used this and it works pretty well and does for hard shell insects in general. DE is a powder that when the bugs crawl across it, it gets caught in their hard shell and scratches them, causing them to dehydrate to death. It works on roaches and even creepier bugs so it’s good stuff. Plus it won’t harm pets, and it’s not a toxic pesticide. It’s all natural. Here’s a link to my Amazon Store:

Concern DE: Crawling Insect Killer

Birds like robins and other bug eaters help us by eating stink bugs too. So it’s a good thing to encourage birds to the yard by providing bird baths, fresh water, and bird seed and suet feeders.

We are enjoying a lovely autumn despite the stink bugs but we are looking forward to the first frost to get some control on the population. Hopefully.

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Ordering the product above via the Amazon Associates link provided benefits me in a financial way. The proceeds are going to Charity Water.

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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