Where Have All the Stinkbugs Gone?

Another week… and even fewer stinkbugs. Really?! Can we trust that we have defeated this insidious enemy? Where is the “plague of biblical proportions” we were warned of?

Last year at this time, they were everywhere. Survival meant launching daily counterattacks against their dive-bombing, slithering, buzzing and intruding into hair, food, drinks, toiletries, closets, clothes… EVERYWHERE. Hours were spent spraying stinkbugs and killing stinkbugs and cleaning stinkbug carcasses, and by the time we finished, fresh enemy forces had already gathered.

But now… nothing. Patrols last mere minutes to simply sweep up a few random bodies. The new weapon of choice, a bottle filled with alcohol and eucalyptus oil, is only picked up briefly to spray a random stinkbug intruder or two. They are seemingly gone. GONE. As in there are no more. Visitors ask after them.

“Where have all the stinkbugs gone?”

I have no idea.

Of course, I have theories. Perhaps the stinkbug invaders found that we were too much effort to conquer, and so they have packed up their evil soldiers and are headed off to terrorize the next planet. Perhaps they contracted some sort of illness that we had not considered – much like in War of the Worlds – and are simply dying off as a result. Perhaps our efforts put enough of a dent in their breeding cycle – by killing them before they could breed – that they are not able to reproduce at the same shocking rate.

And perhaps, they are simply waiting…

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  • johnH  On July 6, 2011 at 1:51 am

    7/5/11: We live in Frederick County MD and our experience is similar. Just sweeping up a few dead bodies now, but no invasion so far this year.

  • Maryland Stink Bugs.com  On July 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I just wrote about the same thing…It seems to be the quiet before the storm..check your trees..http://www.marylandstinkbugs.com/2011/06/stink-bug-eggs-hundreds-maybe-thousands/


  • dory arber  On July 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    they are mating and will be back —promise! they did the same thing last year.

  • Jack Conner  On July 10, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I have asked the same question in several forums, but nobody wants to take note of it.

    It is weird, very weird.

    This time last year, I was flicking 10-20 of them a day, out the backdoor of the house.

    As of the past 3-4 weeks, NOT ONE to be found.

    In my shed, there was TONS in the windows, so many that I was going to buy a RAID bugbomb for roaches to try and eliminate them. Glad I didn’t as they are simply gone now.

    Question is, where?

    Are they spraying something in the atmosphere or something because there haven’t been yellojackets for YEARS and when I was a kid, they were everywhere as well.

  • susan  On July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I live in Carroll County MD and also haven’t seen any for weeks. This time last year they were all over my tomato and pepper plants. I even remember seeing the young ones all over the place last year (earlier in the year). I like the War of the Worlds theory!!Keeping my fingers crossed that they are gone for good!!

  • EasternPanhandle  On July 21, 2011 at 4:41 am

    They’re back. After only seeing a few over the last week, they’re back with a vengeance tonight. I can hear their disgusting bodies hitting the windows, and they’re swarming the streetlight. I guess mating time is over…now it’s time to torture humans. I just put out a new stinkbug trap that’s on the market…we’ll see how it works tomorrow.

  • lana  On July 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I think the govt. did some undercover spraying with something like good ole DDT, which of course is illegal as hell, and the EPA would never give their overt consent, BUT they did something!!! This is too weird, we have a few now and then, but nothing like past years. One thing I am noticing of the ones I do see. They are bigger, have longer legs and seem more aggresive, they rear up like they are going to fight. Weird. Whatever it is, I’m glad they are gone, but I wonder how?? It had to be aerial spraying and at late nite. You won’t hear anything from the govt on this either. Also, have you noticed there are very few bugs of any kind??? Big reduction of bugs around my outdoor lights. Just very vew bugs at all. Reinforces my theory of govt. spraying.

  • Lydia Whitney  On July 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I think you may be right about spraying… I haven’t seen a single tick this year – and I live on 12 acres in the woods. There hasn’t been one on my outdoor cat or two dogs either… very weird. Something definitely happened…

  • Fran Miller  On October 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Here it is the middle of Oct 2011 & we’ve had hardly any stinkers! Can hardly believe it since we were inundated last year. Hooray, stinkers stay away!

  • Michael Jackson  On October 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    So far, I have killed about 50 stink bugs outside the house and only 3 indoors. Where are all the bugs??? Usually, I am killing 10 a DAY in the house, the entire fall. Could the flooding in PA & NJ, killed a lot of stink bug eggs? Or, are the bugs confused by the warm weather? Do they think it is still summer?

  • Fredo Bandito  On October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Here in western PA there are FAR FEWER stink bugs than the past couple of years. Almost none. Happy Days Are Here Again!!!

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