Stink Bugs Population May be Ready to Explode; 'We're Right at the Epicenter'

Where's the big stink? In all lower 48 states, but the East Coast can expect to get stink-bombed especially hard.

Stink bugs may hit the country with a foul explosion. (Photo: University of MD Extension.)
Stink bugs may hit the country with a foul explosion. (Photo: University of MD Extension.)
By Todd Richissin

If you notice a foul smell in your house, then notice your dog looking a bit sheepish, don't blame the pet. Blame the stink bugs making a comeback in Virginia and most other parts of the country.

"We're really expecting a bigger crop of stink bugs in the region coming into 2013," Mike Raupp, entomologist at the University of Maryland, told WTOP.

The little, brown marmorated stink bugs are only about the size of pumpkin seeds, but they cause a big stink when crushed. Thank Asia for that. They arrived from there on our shores in the mid 1990s.

AGProfessional.com warns that the East Coast could take the brunt of the stink bug population explosion.

Places with the perfect climate for these guys:  Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

"We're right at the epicenter, we're at the place where there are more stink bugs than anywhere on the planet, as far as we can tell, right now," Raupp told WTOP.

In addition to being annoying, stink bugs can beat up crops. GrowingProduce.com reports that in 2010 the stink bugs ravaged peach and apple orchards in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Nancy Irwin September 23, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I live in S.C. stink bugs are running rampid,they can get in your home in the smallest crevice,they love to go to the moulding around the ceiling and hide. they also pretend to be dead by getting on thier back. there is no way to get rid of them except to kill them on sight. i saw a guy on the east coast on tv his kids could hardly get out the door to the car for school,because there was such a big swarm of them.He took silver duck tape and placed it on lamp shades and ceiling lights. You know they must like the light and got stuck on the tape. They are sicking, I hate them.
Wendy September 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM
It could be worse. I read they want to create a bee to attack the stink bugs and you know how that will turn out, the bees will attack us instead and that's more dangerous than dumb stink bugs hanging around.
R. Smith September 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM
We have lots of them on Long Island this year.
Ted Smith September 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Edath Feston September 24, 2013 at 08:58 AM
I'm so glad I live on the west coast right now. lol
Michele September 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM
They are usually already making their entrance into homes in the Union County are of NJ by this time. None so far in my home and 2 years ago I have quite a few by now. The USDA was SUPPOSED to be trying to develop something to kill them. I don't understand WHAT is taking so long. They have been in this area since 2006. Frankly, I would allow the use of a banned chemical on them JUST FOR ONE SEASON. I don't want any other creatures harmed but these bugs are destroying orchards in some areas and are completely disgusting. They are not native to the U.S. but came from China probably in packing material.
CN September 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM
They are all over in Connecticut. And they do STINK. Just vacuum them up is the best way!!!
lbfixer September 24, 2013 at 01:26 PM
When I first clicked on this article I thought it was about democratic liberals and all the new government workers roflmao
Pat Farrar September 24, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Why is this news now that its Fall? We've been overrun with the little stinkers all summer here in Georgia. I try to spray rather than swat to avoid the smell.
Michael Legnon September 24, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Totally inundated all of my bird feeders. Hundreds of them in my back yard right in the middle of a huge subdivision. Never have seen them like this before.
Michael Legnon September 24, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Above comment in Lafayette Louisiana.
mike September 24, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Wel now, this really stinks!
mark garfinkle September 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
these bugs can,do make life miserable.and i'll admit i get great pleasure in killing as many as possible.i spray them with a water and dish soap mixture.this disables them long enough so i can get them to drop into a bottle of same mixture.they die but there's always more.
John Gregory September 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Gracious! Blame my dog? Smells nothing like my dog! Closer to a skunk than any other odor. They've been around a lot longer than the 1990's - we used our magnifying glasses to torch 'em until they exploded! Who ever made the biggest "POOF"! and stunk the most paid for the ice cream man! Them and smaller brown June Bugs. Not the BIG June Bugs. Never Lady Bugs though 'cause we'd watch those eating the aphids on my Mom's Rose bushes before she'd treat them - they gave off a reddish/orange dye when they were stressed. Ant's protecting them couldn't get around the ladybug beetles because they were too small. My Gram had Japanese beetles on her rose bushes and peonies which we pushed off into an inch of gasoline in coffee cans. Grampa would set 'em on fire afterwards though they were dead already from the gas. The large Garden Spiders in my Aunt's raspberry bushes were fed by all the grasshoppers we could catch. I think they ran out of silk or venom to kill 'em by the time we got done. They could see us, and would go up under a leaf or branch when they'd caught/ate enough. But they knew they were going to get fed when we first showed up. Neither of us were afraid of one another. They'd come right into the middle of their webs waiting like fielders on a baseball team! Ready to "pick off a fly" ~~smile~~ so to speak. Until they had had enough. Kennedy half dollar size and Eisenhower dollar sized - they helped make for the best raspberries, strawberries, even cherries way up in the trees. They'd cut out certain moths we'd put in their webs until we learned which one's they'd take and one's they didn't care for. Cousin took off their wings - since the "powder" poofed off them and discouraged the spiders. Big black with bright yellow lightening strikes down the middle. Spent weekends on a farm - was great! Barn had funnel webs mostly - but we didn't do much with them. Lotsa flies for them around the cows and all. Knowing their natures helps get over the fear of them. They fear us more. Not that I ever tried to take one out of their web. Their fangs were about 3-4 mm's glistening black when they got that big. Wonder if they'd eat a stink bug? Doubt it. Probably why they stink - keep the spiders, millipedes and birds off 'em. Our dog Josie didn't futz with them too much that's for sure!
Deep Throat September 25, 2013 at 08:32 AM
I just uncovered that these bugs were released by the gov't. Each one has a microchip inside its shell and a small camera mounted that hears what we say and sees what we do!! Big brother at it again
Pete September 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM
There's a LOT that stinks in D.C. !!
EJeffries September 25, 2013 at 02:54 PM
We had stink bugs real bad and a friend of mine gave me this suggestion after I spent money on pest control: I took a 1/2C of Borax and diluted it in a gallon of water and then added about a 1/3 bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol and sprayed the outside of my house with a power washer. It killed hundreds of them. Then I took 4 Tablespoons of Vicks Vapo Steam and a gallon of warm water and 1/3C dish soap (original Dawn works best) and sprayed that on my house and it kept the stink bugs from returning. That worked really well. I had paid the 'professional' $200.00 to spray my house and it did kill some of the stink bugs, but they kept coming back. My less than $10.00 do it yourself solution seems to be working much better and not harmful to the environment. Try it!


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