Stink Bugs…

An entomological nuisance due to one world commerce? An irritating annoyance? Or…SOMETHING MORE NEFARIOUS???

For the uninformed, here is what Penn State University has to say about them:

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

Native to China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan…but I don’t live in any of those places…but their Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have come to live with me. In a cold, snowy suburb of Pittsburgh.

For the record, these Pentatomidaes STINK if you crush them…ergo their common name, Stink Bugs.

There was a huge infestation of the ‘stinkers’ in the eastern US this past Fall. They were an icky, smelly irritation…that caused (I swear) irritation when they land upon you and ‘bite’ (or is it a bite?) They made my dog sick to his stomach (ok, he is NOT THAT BRIGHT but he thinks he protecting us from the little brown interlopers).

I had kinda forgotten them…until putting up Christmas decorations, and I found TWO INSIDE a Rubbermaid bin that holds our ornaments. Ok, I am a reasonable person…its not a water tight seal. I guess they got in…

Then, a couple weeks ago, where I work, on our big glass picture window, as the temp rose to about 40 and icicles started melting…STINK BUGS on the warm glass. Now, because they do smell, it is recommended that you flush them when you get them…but at work, the bathroom is in the back of the building, and once I get them isolated I opt to toss them outside. In the cold.

Here is my Contrarian STINK BUG study findings…when flicked outside, the shield shaped ‘bugs’ land on their backs. Always. They are top heavy. So…bugs, tossed outside, landing on their backs, should be found later in the day, still on their backs. Dead. Right?

Wrong.

The flip over to right themselves…and they march IN DIRECTION FROM WHENCE THEY WERE FLIPPED…like a stinky homing device. Do they make it back in? I (in the interest of science) plan on attempting (I am so brave) at tag (ok, mark their grayish light brown shells) with a red Sharpie.

Why am I taking on this Leap of Science?

Last Friday night at my Pinochle Club, one of my friends, (I’ll call her ‘Carol’ to retain her anaminity) showed us BITE MARKS on her neck from a stink bug that had infiltratred her home. In February. She also noted that her grandson (in another house, Township) had like 8 of them in his room. ‘Carol’ and the rest of us, found this odd…

So yesterday, in a move that reinforces my theory that no good ever comes from housekeeping, I changed sheets. I took the ‘used’ ones off, and put clean, folded well over a week ago, sheets on the beds. TWO STINK BUGS flipped out of the folded, clean sheets?

How did they get there? When did they get there? The sheets came out of the dryer…and were folded (by me, who else here would do THAT thankless task) and put away. In two different closets in the house.

It gets worse.

They don’t burn. At least not when exposed to the heat from gas logs. They just darken and get a weird, metallicy looking finish to their shells. They made it into our fireplace…(once again, in the Name of Science, Bill Nye has nothing on me–I plan to accumulate several stink bugs, and do a little research, outside, using a metal vessal and lighter fluid–thats all I’ll say) Now my fireplace does have a flue, so in theory, kind of an open space…so my paranoia isn’t that intense…but I am starting to question if they are REALLY bugs.

They came from China. Haven’t we bought ‘stuff’ from China for generations…but all of a sudden, ‘they’ show up. Now. Why? Chicoms? New World Orderists? Soros heavily invested in Orkin? Maybe AlGore will even tell us ‘they come from Globull Worming.’

I plan on investigating, doing my own experiments, and reporting back (unless of course the ‘experiment’ gets outta hand and Casa de Contrary takes on smoke damage). Any STINK BUGS experience you have, please record here.

For science!

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. integrity1st
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 16:28:08

    GREAT post, as usual, Contrary. I will forward to my sister immediately. She told me about these, and I suppose it is just a matter of time. (She’s only an hour’s drive away). PLEASE keep up the good research . . . for science and the rest of us πŸ˜‰

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  2. MOTUS
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 17:02:22

    First bed bugs, now stink bugs. That’s why we had to fumigate the Big White last summer: http://www.michellesmirror.com/2010/08/pay-no-attention-to-man-behind-curtain.html

    Strangely though, it still stinks around here.

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    • MRM
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 04:00:47

      Well, MOTUS, didn’t MO herself call BO “stinky and snorey”?? Not sure which is worse, but I think I might choose the Stink Bugs…

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  3. Ting
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 14:05:37

    I have had lots of these in my house ever since the fall, and found another one yesterday! My neighbor told me what kind of bug it is, having found lots in his house and apparently there was an article in our paper about it. I can’t say that I have noticed any bites, thank goodness. I am going to try that Sharpie experiment but know that I am better off avoiding anything that might be ignited. So far I have managed to co-exist with the stink bugs, so I maybe should get one of those bumper stickers. Anyone know the logo for Stink bugs?

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  4. The Plague Fairy
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 19:22:00

    Aak! We’ve got them here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m sure it’s a plot of some kind. Ick. They look like something nefarious, that’s all I need to know. I am not fond of crawlies. I didn’t know they bite.
    *shudder*
    I will be watching for the outcome of your further scientific investigations. Go forth and flame, brave one!

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  5. violet
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 21:01:02

    Wow, this is scary… like something out of a horror movie. Not that I ever watch horror movies, at least not if I can help it. (Or if they’re getting the Mystery Science Theater treatment.)

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  6. violet
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 21:03:37

    Uh-oh… looks like Bob (the bluebird of bitterness) is back. I thought he was gone! He must have noticed the topic was stink bugs, and was hoping for a snack.

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  7. Diane
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 17:20:39

    Oh as I spend hours googling trying to figure out HOW to get rid of these pesky critters I come across your page – LOVED IT by the way and we also live very close πŸ™‚ They started arriving late summer/fall here, went away for awhile – YEA – but now back again. I didn’t know they bite but my doggie has had some strange swelling at different times on his body that looks like it could come from a bite so maybeeee????

    I DO NOT want to pay all the “telemarketers” on the internet for their “Secrets to getting rid of Stink Bugs” so I am hoping that whatever you find to get rid of them you will share with us fellow stinkers πŸ™‚

    Nothing worse then having your morning coffee at the computer while being dive bombed by stink bugs 😦 By the way, I am beginning to wonder if there is more than one type because believe you me I HATE BUGS/SPIDERS, etc. so I have smashed, stepped on, etc. a million of these critters and I don’t notice this horrible smell that everyone talks about, LOL. Then again, maybe my house just stinks and I don’t notice, lol.

    Awaiting what you find out and if you want to drive down here by Weirton to help me get rid of them hubby and son LOVE PLAYING WITH FIRE, lol πŸ™‚

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  8. Stink Bugs
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 16:23:47

    I’ve been reading several blogs on how to get rid of stink bugs and someone said that they ordered a praying mantis kit from a insect website and are planning on raising praying mantis’ to counteract the stink bug issue. Thinking outside the box may be a surprise attack against the stink bugs!

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