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Old 10-04-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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We live in Hunterdon County (Flemington, NJ) and we have had them for years. Each year it gets worse. In the past I have never seen them on the outside of the house. We would just see them during the winter on the inside of our house. But this year they are all over the outside of the house. One screen had about 20 of them on it yesterday...yuck. Some are in our garage, attic and even in our cars. This winter is really going to be bad. I would imagine that some days we will be killing too many to count. I hope they come up with a trap for these soon.
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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We live in Hunterdon County (Flemington, NJ) and we have had them for years. Each year it gets worse. In the past I have never seen them on the outside of the house. We would just see them during the winter on the inside of our house. But this year they are all over the outside of the house. One screen had about 20 of them on it yesterday...yuck. Some are in our garage, attic and even in our cars. This winter is really going to be bad. I would imagine that some days we will be killing too many to count. I hope they come up with a trap for these soon.
Well it looks like they have fully invaded Monmouth County now. They are all over the place here.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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This article was in the Star Ledger. It seems Phish Head covered the bases well.

Invasion of the stink bugs: Early fall is their season | New Jersey Home and Garden - Garden - - Garden - NJ.com
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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This article was in the Star Ledger. It seems Phish Head covered the bases well.

Invasion of the stink bugs: Early fall is their season | New Jersey Home and Garden - Garden - - Garden - NJ.com

I guess I'll stop stomping on them (from article):
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One thing you want to avoid is crushing them, since the lingering scent can be detected by other stink bugs long after it has faded from our own olfactory memory and draw more stink bugs to your hearthside. Letís not go there, either.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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Just be very careful. I saw an odd one, one year and I looked it up. If you see a wheel on its back area.......
It is a Wheel Bug. I have come across about 6 or 7 that I looked at over a few years time.
This bug has a very bad sting. Worse then a hornet. It stings from under its jaw. The large spot it leaves will last weeks or up to SIX months. It can leave an inflamed area that is big the size of a melon.
That one, you would want to avoid at all cost.......and for some reason.......it came along with the stink bugs.
Every photo I see is copyrighted.......So if I come across one here I'll take a picture of my own ........( from inside, for sure)
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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Just be very careful. I saw an odd one, one year and I looked it up. If you see a wheel on its back area.......
It is a Wheel Bug. I have come across about 6 or 7 that I looked at over a few years time.
This bug has a very bad sting. Worse then a hornet. It stings from under its jaw. The large spot it leaves will last weeks or up to SIX months. It can leave an inflamed area that is big the size of a melon.
That one, you would want to avoid at all cost.......and for some reason.......it came along with the stink bugs.
Every photo I see is copyrighted.......So if I come across one here I'll take a picture of my own ........( from inside, for sure)
I haven't seen any wheel bugs here, but we have a ton of stink bugs! I was surprized to read that they sting too. How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs, thought they were just ugly and annoying!
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Hunterdon County, NJ
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We saw quite a few stink bugs today clinging to the screens on the windows. I never heard of Wheel Bugs but I'm going to look them up, I'm interested in finding out more about them, in case they are in my area...ugh.. I hate bugs
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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wheel bug, Arilus cristatus (Linnaeus)
Here is one article on wheel bugs........they seem to come along with the other critters......just less of them.
Beware....really........I've read and saw some awful sting issues with them. ( online)
http://www.insectidentification.org/...tion=Wheel-Bug

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Old 10-06-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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Wheel Bugs - Hazards of the Outdoors About a Wheel Bug bite........
These bugs do seem to be in the same areas as the stink bugs. I use to think they were the stink bugs, until I looked up about that "wheel" .......Oh freak me out!!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: PA (work in NJ)
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Default This might be helpful...

I LOVE this website:
What's That Bug? Insect identification

You can look up any weird bug you find, and you can even send them pictures of bugs you find, and they'll try to identify them.
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