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Old 09-29-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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It's taken a couple of years but the birds in my yard are eating stink bugs. and it's all different types of birds. So I guess they do have some natural enemies here.

I also have prayng mantis on the outside of my window bulking up on the new found protein.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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It's taken a couple of years but the birds in my yard are eating stink bugs. and it's all different types of birds. So I guess they do have some natural enemies here.

I also have prayng mantis on the outside of my window bulking up on the new found protein.
YES YESSSSSSSSS I see a lot of spiders eating mine...and I was wondering how the local animals would get past the horrific smell. Supposedly humans eat a few species of stinkbugs as well. Don't mess w/ America stinkbugs! Roooar.
hee hee hee Stinkbugs suck.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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i sure hope they develop a taste for them. so far the only thing i've seen that will make a meal of 'em are spiders.
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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I saw sink bug on the menu at a fast-food joint the other day..........so I just flicked it off!
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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My ducks eat gypsy moths, their egg sacks and their caterpillars. The egg sacks are really rotten smelling - almost like stink bugs. I have more ducks this year than last year and fewer stink bugs - I don’t know if they are connected? I just wish I could train my ducks to walk up trees and clean off the egg sacks and any stink bug that gets in their path.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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My birds have also learned to do it over the last few years. I'm in the north so maybe the winters get lean and they get less picky. I would suggest not putting out birdfeed and maybe forcing them to look at the bugs as fall food source. At first it was just the catbirds doing it. They wait till the stink bug is on the siding or screens of my house then fly at it and flick it off the siding and it falls to the deck usually upside down. This causes the bug to trigger it's defensive stink but the bird gets out of the way. Then while the bug is recovering from the initial attack and trying to get back onto its feet and the stink has been used up, the bird comes back in, shakes it and eats it. The other birds must have learned this same technique because in year two, all types of birds started doing it. All I can hear in the fall now is the wonderful sound of birds banging off my screens and siding as they attack stink bugs. This, coupled with a praying mantis colony I started outside has knocked my stinkbugs from the thousands to a mere few dozen invaders. Now I feed the birds birdseed during the summer months to keep them in the area - but stop feeding them in the fall when the stinkbugs start arriving looking for shelter. They switch their feeding to the bugs. Then when winter hits and no more bugs are available, I begin feeding them again. It works out for everyone but the stink bugs.
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