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Every day, around this time, one or two stink beetles show up and start beating themselves against the inside of my office window. You don't want to squash them. Yuck. Sometimes I open the window and shoo them out, sometimes I catch them and flush them down the toilet, sometimes I just try to ignore them. I'm ignoring today's beetle right now. I know that when I get rid of it, another will take its place pretty quickly. In the evening when we turn on the lights in the living room, eventually one will start flying around the lights. Never a swarm; they appear in ones and twos. When the house was being painted, a couple of them managed to get stuck and die in our paint. The are just here, all the time.

I don't think this house is unusually infested with them. We had them in the old house too; they arrived in this area sometime last summer and they have never stopped appearing since. Somehow they are suddenly very prevalent here. According to that Wikipedia page they are a new invasive insect. At least they don't bite or sting, and they are mostly slow enough to make them easy to capture. Maybe eventually the population will wane again, the way the invasive ladybugs did.

I wish I could figure out where they are coming from and stop them popping up in my office.

Date: 2017-01-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sendthewolf.livejournal.com
Our house up here is as tight as it could be IMO, a few little bugs still find their way in. I have and indoor bug zapper that I got to handle a random mosquito problem at the old cottage. I set up in the basement of the new house and it has been surprisingly effective at controlling the random lady beetles, no-see-ums that can sneak in, etc.


Date: 2017-01-24 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foms.livejournal.com
I am reminded of my trip to Malaysia. It was a plentiful cicada year. They were sounding very loudly and almost constantly.

Those cicadas (I don't know about others) struck me as like Lemmings (of the computer game) or Ricochet Robots (of the board game). They would go until they hit something and then batter themselves against it. They are large and heavy, for bugs. They seem to like lights, similar to a bunch of other night bugs.

The bit that made such an impression on us was that, in the rain-forest national park, there were a number of sheet metal buildings (for instance, some of the toilets). At night, you could be guaranteed that one or more cicadas would be in the space with you, flapping desperately around the lights, in the confined space, and whanging themselves against the metal. It is hard to concentrate on one's business in such loud circumstances.

Date: 2017-01-25 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-rigger.livejournal.com
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs...

This has been going on for a few years now... They are not laying eggs, nesting, or eating your nice new house. Basically, they're just looking for a place to hibernate over the winter. When the weather warms up again in springtime, they'll go back outside to reproduce and get on about their stink-buggy business. They are plant-feeders who become dormant when their source of food disappears over the winter. Look for gaps around air conditioners or holes in screens; those are the usual points of ingress. Having your house wide-open for half the winter during construction is probably the main culprit, though... They probably moved into your house before you and Steve did.

Easiest way to get rid of them is with a couple of inches of soapy water in a bucket; the soap prevents them from climbing out. Just sweep them into the bucket and they drown. Then you can just toss them outside without fear of poisoning anything with annoying petrochemical insecticides. A couple of inches of soapy water in a shop vac works too; just vacuum them up, let them drown, and toss them away.

There is a woman, Dr. Julianna Wilson, Ph.D with the MSU Dept. of Entomology who is tracking these pests. (hey, everyone needs an occupation...) She asks that you report your stink bug "sightings" (invasions, more like...) to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network or email Dr. Wilson directly.

(bringin' the schoolin' on the bug tip...)
Edited Date: 2017-01-26 03:36 am (UTC)


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