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Old 09-28-2014, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I'm still splitting hairs - sorry!
No problem, enjoy! At least we know what makes you "tick"
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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I'm curious, does anyone have issues with stinkbugs?

The reason I ask is, I'm originally from NJ, and when I lived in NJ (about 60 miles south of where I am now) the stinkbugs were out of control. I still work in NJ, and also visited my grandmother the other day, and they are all over her windows and doors.

However, since I've lived in the Poconos, I've never had a problem with them. In fact, between the house I live in now in Effort, and my previous house in DWG, I don't think I've even seen one.

Is there a particular reason why they could be so much more prevalent just 60 miles to the southeast in NJ? Is there something here they don't like or something?

I am originally from NJ too! I have to say I owned a home in Effort also and there was a big invasion there of stink bugs.
I had to go out in the spring and spray the entire house, as far and wide as I could reach. After the spraying the amount decreased. Before I did that process I was horrified by the little buggers.
The fact that they would come in winter, when we were away, and find hiding places inside the home... would gross me out.
They have never been far from the NJ border. In fact I have seen some in Hackettstown, NJ. recently.
Do you know the history of where it began?
They came in on a cargo shipment that was placed in Allentown. ( from Asia) They then spread like wildfire into the collage dorms around the Allentown location. The students were horrified with the amount of these harmless but "scent full" creatures.
After that they spread out and about. I remember seeing some in the highest regions of the Pocono Mountains.
I am sure border areas of NJ got hit first before they spread even further out.
Beside a wasp, they are my least favorite bug. If there is such a thing as having a favorite.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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About 20% of the people are allergic to the Asian Lady bugs: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20060307/ladybug-allergies-on-rise. There is some evidence to suggest that our stink bugs also increase you chance of an allergenic reaction: http://www.aanma.org/2011/02/little-stinkers-patients-report-worsening-asthma-and-allergy-symptoms-around-stink-bugs/. So they are not entirely harmless - it depends on your definition of "normal" people?
I get a bunch of allergy symptoms when I am around these stink bugs. That odor is so putrid.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I get a bunch of allergy symptoms when I am around these stink bugs. That odor is so putrid.
The odor of the gypsy moth egg sacs and larval cocoons isn't that great either! Our duck still love them even though they smell so bad! I presume that most people have never met our Deer Kegs? They really make my skin crawl. They have wings and fly to get on you and then walk across you like a dog tick. Plus they are persistent - you knock them off and they fly back. Fortunately I have only encountered them around our swamps.

Where have you been and how many ducks do you want as pets!
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