Getting Tired of These…

Stinkbug
Have you been invaded by Stink Bugs?  I’ve found them here and there over the past year, but lately I’ve been finding more and more.

I read that they were accidentally introduced in Eastern PA in the mid ‘90’s.  Around here they appear to have no enemy and can unfortunately cause crop damage.

I have never smelled the stink but people say it is not a nice smell.  I wonder if the offensive smell could be genetic; some find it offensive, some don’t.  Maybe I’m one of the lucky people who genetically don’t find them offensive. 

Did you know that finding the smell of a skunk unpleasant is genetic?  To some they don’t smell bad at all.  I didn’t inherit that gene, skunks smell pretty horrible to me.

The main room in our house that I find Stink Bugs is in our living room.  I suspect that they are crawling down the chimney.  I hope that they stay away from other parts of my house, particularly my bedroom.

What about you?  Do you have a Stink Bug problem?  Can you smell the stink?

Comments

  1. I see them on the outside of the house on occasion, but fortunately not inside. I’ve never smelt one, and hope I don’t!

  2. We’ve been lucky here at Applejack Lane. However, my son’s house in Staunton has had pretty frequent visitors! I thought over the winter, they had disappeared, but I have noticed that in the past few weeks, the pesky creatures have rebounded. We have been told that this year, the bugs will be much worse.

  3. I killed three the other day in the house. I hate them. I take two tissues ~has not to feel their hard shell which freaks me out a bit and flush them down the toilet.

  4. Don’t think I have those.

    I did not know that the skunk smell was genetic. I’ve never smelled one. But then, I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a situation where I should have smelled one.

  5. Blondie's Journal says:

    I have never heard of these…unless they go by a different name here. Is there some way you can poison them?

    XO,
    Jane

  6. Ewww, yuck! I haven’t seen any around here, but I do remember my brother squishing one when we were kids, and yes it was stinky!
    I can’t imagine anyone not thinking skunks stink…I didn’t know it was genetic!

  7. No stink bug problem here…just milipeds on the driveway…so weird!

  8. I read a lot of blogs on my lunch hour usually about fashion or food. I’ve been reading a ton of them today about green food, red hair, green fashion; but, I just about fell off my chair laughing when I read yours! Whatever possessed you? Stink bugs – you must not be Irish! Love your blog!

  9. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Eeeew! Yes, I have seen some around here. I have been careful not to smash them in the house b/c I don’t know about the smell. I hate bugs. :s

  10. Jennifer says:

    bugs that go CRUNCH make my skin crawl! we had a wolf spider infestation in our FL house and now that we’re in NC… our main problem bugs are moths, fire ants, and mosquitos are on the way!

    crap!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  11. Keetha Broyles says:

    Skunks stink to me – – – but I had an aunt who could smell them and LIKED the odor.

    I don’t smell stink bugs until I CRUSH them to kill them – – – then it is nasty in a sickeningly sweet kinda way.

  12. Southern Lady says:

    We have quite a few of those around here! Carla

  13. KM @ This Plate is Full says:

    Oh Paula!!!! – im out by Philly & yes we have these around at this time of yr!!!
    I don’t smell them either – so I too am not sure what people are experiencing with the so called “small” …but they can be a pain! I hate any type of bug -especialy when they get into the house.
    A tthis time of yr I see these bugs & I have to spray for ants aswell – we all love spring but it does bring critters along with it. – Nice to know we are not alone over here!

  14. FrouFrouBritches says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stink bug in my house, but I do have ants. I had NO idea that whether you find skunks stinky was gentic. That’s crazy!

  15. Aren’t they just the most annoying little critters! We have them outside and inside 🙁 And now that the sun is shining I have been noticing them more. We’ve never smooshed one and haven’t smelled the stink…we usually flush them (not good on the sewer bill)!
    Wendy

  16. ShannonPinNOLA says:

    Nope, I haven’t seen any around these parts. YUCK!!

  17. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    Hi Paula..I do see them occasionally, but outside. And yes…they do stink…but not as bad as a skunk! We had bats coming down our chimney in the middle of the night at our old Victorian house. Yikes! A glass fireplace screen solved that problem…thank goodness! Happy weekend!…hugs…Debbie

  18. Miss Char says:

    We get them here and I think their smell is like green bananas. Weird but true.

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