Did you ever wonder why God created stink bugs? Well, to be honest, neither did I until I started thinking of a title for this post. But it's a valid question. I wonder what their purpose is?
All I know is they are enough of a nuisance to cause a commotion in the infested communities across the U.S. Everybody is talking about them. After all, other than ladybug infestations, you rarely hear about someone trying to win the battle against a bug that multiplies by the hundreds in homes, particularly as the cool weather approaches.
I have never been bitten by a stinkbug, but I hear they do bite. Same as ladybugs. Most people think they are harmless, but let me tell you, their bit is pretty darn painful. I would love to know if any of you has ever been bitten by a stink bug. Please post a comment and tell me about it if you have.
While I have not been bitten, I have been sprayed. It is not a pleasant thing, folks. The sickening sweet smell lingers...for a long, long time. One day this past spring when I was putting my freshly line-dried sheets on the bed, I realized the stink bugs must have had a convention on the sheets as they hung on the line. It took days to rid the bedroom of that smell!
It was a really nice day in Western Pennsylvania yesterday so I decided to do my writing out on the back porch. What I did not count on was the onslaught of stink bugs flying and landing anywhere and everywhere...including in my hair! Yuck!!
There must be a solution! I said to myself. They will not win!
So, rather than googling stink bug solutions, I created an environmentally-friendly solution of my own. It is called The Stink Bug Eradicator, which is a much scarier name than product! The product is a simple solution anyone can make at home.
- Get a jar and fill it with about 3" of water.
- Add a few squirts of liquid soap. I chose an eco-friendly brand.
- Place the jar underneath the stink bugs as they climb your walls.
- Laugh at them as they struggle for their last breath as they are stuck in the soapy water.
- Close the lid to prevent the smell from permeating the area around you.
- Utilize call block on your phone and block calls from PETA (I know they are going to hate me for this one -- but c'mon, it's not like I am going to make a coat out of the stink bugs or anything!)
It may be labor intensive, but I have to admit, I found it to be a bit of a game. You could even have family or neighborhood competitions. See who can jar up the most stink bugs in an hour. Maybe it will become a nationwide phenomenon! Just remember, when that happens, you heard about first here on the GG blog.
Keeping it green when it comes to stink bugs,