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Old 09-23-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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Default The stink bugs are coming! The stink bugs are coming!

Remember all the posts last winter about stink bugs, the first year of the outbreak in NoVA? Well, they must be sensing cold weather is around the corner. With my windows open now for about 2 weeks with the beautiful weather, I've seen numerous of these on my screens, probably contemplating entry inside. The next level, of course, is to spot them in the home as they find cracks and other openings. I really hate these and wish they had an outside predator. Well, so far no bed bugs, which are a lot worse.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Are you talking about those gray, elongated-hexagonal bugs?
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Are you talking about those gray, elongated-hexagonal bugs?
Those are the ones. They're actually a beneficial insect in your garden. The problem is they want to get inside your house when the weather turns cold. They don't bite or harm anything, but if you step on them they stink. So, the thing to do is catch them and set them free outside.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Those are the ones. They're actually a beneficial insect in your garden. The problem is they want to get inside your house when the weather turns cold. They don't bite or harm anything, but if you step on them they stink. So, the thing to do is catch them and set them free outside.

How are they beneficial in the garden? They've actually destroyed crops this summer...my own little veggie garden as well as commercially.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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How are they beneficial in the garden? They've actually destroyed crops this summer...my own little veggie garden as well as commercially.
I'd heard they aren't the ones who eat the plants, they eat the bugs who do the damage. But, that's just something I heard so I could be wrong. When I get a moment later on I'll try to look it up.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Vienna, NoVA
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Yes, we have them, too, and a lot! It was not this bad last year, as I remember. But this year the stink bugs are all over our windows, screens, deck, they get into the house... I hate them! Why is this so bad this year?
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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I've been releasing them when I see them and I usually have a few on my Zinnias and water hyacinths.

Some of zinnias flower well, others are not so robust but I am not sure if I can blame the bugs since the planter is overstocked and they are probably not getting all the nutrients they need.

This late in the season I am not going to worry, but if they are actual pests then my catch & release policy might change to "drown in soapy water."
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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hhhmmm ok well something is eating my tomatoes and since i see them all over them...I assume it's them! (and my basil too)
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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hhhmmm ok well something is eating my tomatoes and since i see them all over them...I assume it's them! (and my basil too)
Well, you might be right. Time to ask Dave at Merrifield Garden Center, he always knows things like this.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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Are you talking about those gray, elongated-hexagonal bugs?
No; they are brown and shaped like a shield. Here's a photo: http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-...0052100159.jpg

Google "stink bugs" and you'll get all the info you could want. BTW, they do feed on the garden.
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