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Was invaded by "stink bugs" last week end. Found 2- dozen everywhere including inside air conditioner. Any for good deterrent. Hesitant to use killer sprays as we have two small dogs

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What is it with these things? I've never noticed them before this year and now they're everywhere!


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They must eat lady bugs. [emoticon] . . .[emoticon] . . . [emoticon] . No lady bugs this year.

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You can blame them on us. We volunteered in New Jersey in 2014 up in the NW area of the state. We didn't know anything about stink bugs then but we did have a few. Our volunteer position was over after Labor Day so we packed up and pulled in our slides and that was when we were overrun with stink bugs. Hundreds and hundreds of them. Little stinkers were everywhere on the slides. All I can say is we were chasing stinkbugs out of the 5er for the next 10 months from NJ through Chicago suburbs down to Missouri and Kansas into Texas after a winter in Texas we headed north to Alaska chasing out stinkbugs all along the way. Sorry.


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Unfortunately, they are not native and have no known predators. We use a Bugzooka which sucks them into a chamber and then I let them die in there and put the carcasses outside when we leave a camp.

We have been dealing with them for probably 10+ years, but we don't have that many anymore. I've been getting a half dozen every week now.

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I've posted twice recently about Stink Bugs and was going to post another follow up this morning, so thanks for starting this thread.

So far, my strategy is working. Last Fall we set off 3 bug bombs in the 5er (41 feet long), and it immediately took down the hoard. We were sweeping dead stink bugs out of the camper for the next 2 weeks. After 2 weeks we set off 3 more, because we started noticing live ones again. We did this a total of 3 times, ever 2 weeks apart and finally, no more stink bugs.

Fast forward. All Summer this year, we've not seen a single Stink Bug again, until just about 3 or 4 weeks ago. So we repeated the pattern. We set off 3 bug bombs again when the camper was closed up and we were heading out for a week-end. When we reached our campsite, the spray and dissipated and there was no more smell, and dead stink bugs on the floor and everywhere again. Sweep, sweep, sweep for the next few days.

We waited 2 weeks and did the same thing again when leaving home for the next camp-out. Less bugs, but ever since we find several dead ones every morning now. The only "live ones" we find are on the outside of the camper.

I think the bug bombs sprayed it's poison into all the cracks and crevasses and anywhere bugs found a place t enter. When the bugs do crawl through, they are now rubbing against the dried bug bomb spray and it kills them before they have a chance to populate inside the camper, or worse, reproduce.

The only thing we do after igniting the bombs is to wipe down the counter tops, the stove top, the kitchen table, and wash the bed linens. These are items we do all the time anyway. In addition, the floor gets swept clean and mopped at the end of every week-end, if not sooner. We have no carpet, but do have throw rugs, and they get washed occasionally too.

We make sure all the dog bowls and all food is stowed away before setting the bombs off. They's why we do it right before we travel, everything is stowed away.

Bug bombs do work against Stink Bugs because they will penetrate every crack those bad boys can enter and the residue left behind will continue to work for almost another 6 or 7 months.

If you do this, you will find them dead on the floor, in your window tracks, on top of the refrigerator, on counter tops, in shoes, under floor mats and rugs, under furniture, pretty much everywhere. BUT!!! they are dead!

FYI, we get the cheap-o 4 pack of bug bombs from Dollar General. They work pretty good. And oh ... we have no spiders or ants either.

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Yup, no ladybugs but lot of stink bugs. Both are better than ants.

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A squirt of soapy water will disable them. Or, catch them in some tissue and flush down the toilet.


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Stink bugs are annoying, but they do not bite, or get into food, or breed in your RV, or do much of anything else, other than stink if you crush them. If left alone they'll die in short order anyway. Just vacuum them up, either dead or alive.

I would certainly not be setting off multiple bug bombs in an RV.


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drsteve wrote:

Stink bugs are annoying, but they do not bite, or get into food, or breed in your RV, or do much of anything else, other than stink if you crush them. If left alone they'll die in short order anyway. Just vacuum them up, either dead or alive.

I would certainly not be setting off multiple bug bombs in an RV.


If your in an area polluted with them, you can keep setting off all the bombs you care to. Every time you have a day that warms up and then drops into the low 50's / 40's at night they're going to come looking for the heat when that happens. It wont stop until the temps are consistently lower than 40-50. It's an Autumn issue,at least in Northern states, which is why you see few inside if any the rest of the year.

Hope for a colder than normal winter, that tends to knock the whole population back for a few years in an area.

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