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What Kind Of Bugs Are These???

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  1. TNTreeHugger

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    The past week, or so, they have been swarming the outside of the house.
    Should I be concerned?
    Do I need an exterminator?

    Their undersides are mostly off-white, and while they mostly crawl, they do also fly.

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    Stink bugs. Yuck.
     
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    Yep, stink bugs.
     
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    I tried spraying with
    1) vinegar
    2) ant & wasp spray
    3) soapy water

    Didn't phase them in the least.
    Guess I'll have to resort to picking them off one by one into a cup of soapy water, as suggested on several exterminator sites. :mad:
    I don't see any now - they must crawl under the siding for the night?
     
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    Look for small gaps where they enter the house and seal those up.
     
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    How many are you seeing? I accidentally bring them in on wood all the time.
     
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    A good fart will often over-power them, but that's only temporary. :)
     
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    Thank god I've not seen any in the house yet.
    Sealing gaps would be impossible- the old farm house has nooks and crannies everywhere and the mobile home has vinyl siding which is fitted fairly lose to the frame... and then there's underneath... :dizzy:
     
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    Lol "Swarming" was a bit of an exaggeration - I panicked when I saw them. :rolleyes:
    But, there are quite a few, those pictured on the front windows, several around the front door and on the front and back porch... maybe a dozen, or so.
    Nasty little fuggers jump on my head when I go in and out the doors! :eek:
     
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    Bust em with a good fly swatter, if only a dozen you will get rid of them. They do stink when you mash em though.
     
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    If they are on the wood I bring in to burn in the winter I just throw em in the fire. they hibernate in wood piles sometimes.
     
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    These are an invasive species from China. And they are everywhere. Check your window sashes. They squeeze into tiny cracks.
     
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    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    Chink bugs or stink bugs? Maybe Chink stink bugs. :)
     
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    I've never heard of a chink bug....
     
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    Have you killed any so far? really strange wasp spray don't kill them.
     
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    I've drowned a few in soapy water. :D
    Not as many this afternoon as yesterday... but one did jump on my head as I opened the back door. :dizzy: I picked him up with a piece of paper and dunked him in the "bath."
    Even though I read squishing them so they let go their stink will warn others of danger, and make them stay away, I'd rather go the alternative route - stink-free..
    Nope, the spray didn't phase them in the least.

    :ices_rofl:
    This is making me remember what the guys did with bag worms at the nursery I used to work for.
    They hand picked them off the arbs, put them in sacks, then burned them all in a big pile in the parking lot. Sounded like corn popping.:pingpong::pingpong::pingpong::pingpong::pingpong:
     
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    I've done that a few times, I have pecan and black walnut trees and they get in them. i usually cut them off with a pole saw and pile em up to burn.
     
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    So, fyi, on the stink bugs...
    Drowning them in soapy water is the way to go.
    Good hunting today - got about eight of them - five were on the inside door frame between the storm door and the back door! That's too close! :mad:

    I have a large plastic cup (2 pound ricotta container) filled about 1/3 with water and dish soap.
    I used scissors to flick the stubborn ones, and they worked great for getting ahold of them, too. :D
    The others just fell into the cup when I scooted it underneath them.
    Not instant death, but they definitely can't get out and eventually drown.

    I had nightmares last night about bugs. :eek:
     
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    LOL, I killed one today. it was on the hood of my truck. I thumped it off the hood with my finger. I don't think it survived.
     
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