The "stink" of fall is in the air

September 22, 2009 4:02:20 PM PDT
The arrival of fall means different things to different people: football, the start of school, the turning colors, and oh yes, stink bugs.

If you want to get people talking ask about that spot on the wall, it's a stink bug.

On the plus side the lowly stink bug is not much of a threat says Rebecca Boylan of Penn State's co-operative extension service.

"They don't bite you, they don't carry disease, they don't sting but they are a nuisance."

And what a nuisance they are, if you crush one you quickly learn why they are called stink bugs.

This little critter's ancestors came over from Asia probably in some packing material sometime in the 1990's. They were first identified around Allentown. Since then they have become increasingly familiar in our region.

As the weather cools it's likely we are going to see a lot more of them as stink bugs start looking for warm spots to hibernate, like your home.

"Their finding cracks and crannies around windows, doors, that's how they get into the house."

Boylan says insecticides are of little use. The best defense is to make sure the weather stripped and caulking are up to snuff, if a bug gets in, gently get rid of it.

If a bunch of bugs get in, some use a vacuum to get rid of them.


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