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At 10:02am on March 2, 2011, Ann Z. said…

Hi JB, welcome! Your profile photo is very cute! Solitary stink bugs are not so bad. If only they weren't here in such multitudes! For the first couple of years they were around I caught them and took them outside to let them go (like I do with all bugs except ticks, ants and fleas)- not suspecting they were a new invasive, soon to be a menace. Still hate to kill them, but have to face the fact that it's the only responsible thing to do. In the fall we use the shop-vac with-soapy-water-in-it method, which isn't my favorite as it takes a long time for them to drown, but there are so many it's the only solution short of poison. The rest of the year we either step on them or toss them in the toilet with a wad of toilet paper, or collect them in a sealed container and put them in the freezer for a few hours. Then they can just go in the trash. All of those are pretty humane and harmless for the rest of creation. I'm hoping they will gradually interbreed with some of the couple hundred native stink bug species the way "killer bees" did with native bees. That way they'd probably become food for some other critters and end up in balance. In the meantime, good luck with your de-bugging project! :^)


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