Stinkbug Invasion Party Planning

Today’s sunshine has brought out a greater number of the enemy than has been seen in many months. Once again, windows are covered with stinkbug soldiers and our patrols must be increased to combat their numbers. And the most recent news from HQ is disturbing. Apparently, the invasion force is already planning a victory party.

Despite our ongoing efforts, the Powers That Be are still unable to offer any real hope to those of us fighting in the trenches. At best, the goal is to fortify our defenses against their endless onslaught. Regardless, we will fight on – and we will never surrender!

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Stinkbugs: The Truth is Out There

Finally, there seems to be an acceptance of much that those of us on the front lines already knew:

1. Stinkbugs are far more than a nuisance.
2. Stinkbugs are a threat of epic proportions.
3. Stinkbugs are nearly impossible to kill.
4. Stinkbugs are capable of birthing up to SIX generations per year.

Of course, still no solution. We are left scrambling for whatever weapons we can find, often with only minimal effectiveness.

My current battle plan:

1. Spray with Home Defense inside and out around all doors and windows. It may not kill them permanently, but it keeps them from flying around and I can simply sweep them up and BURN THEM.
2. Use Strube’s Stinkbug Traps at night to ensnare those who make it past the poison.
3. Test all new weapons, including Dead Inn Stinkbug Traps in hopes of finding a more aggressive solution.
4. Enlist others to help in this resistance effort. And pray.

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Stinkbug Tower of Death Success!

After waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity to deploy my newest weapon against stinkbugs, last night found the enemy airborne and vulnerable to the lure of the light. As anticipated, they could not resist the draw and soon found themselves firmly mired in the trap’s tarry field. Success! Now, to acquire another of these weapons to unleash on the second-story demon denizens…

Tower of Stinkbug Death Kills Stinkbugs

Tower of Stinkbug Death

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Stinkbugs: They’re Baaack!

During the recent unseasonably cold, wet weather, the stinkbug enemy seemed to disappear, but we knew that they would return. The warm spring weather today brought out more than friendly forces to enjoy the sun here in Maryland. The stinkbug soldiers are again slithering past our perimeter to enter our stronghold. Luckily, new and better weapons are en route to strengthen our arsenal: EcoGreen Warehouse Dead Inn Stinkbug Traps should arrive any day now…

Stinkbugs on Window Screen

Stinkbugs on Window Screen

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Three Words About Stinkbugs

Stinkbug. Toilet paper.

Anti-Stinkbug Arsenal

In my ongoing quest for the most effective anti-stinkbug weapon, I have moved to the heavy artillery. I just received my first hanging stinkbug trap. I am eagerly awaiting the results of its trial-run tonight. I have been dreaming of hundreds of enemy soldiers drawn to this lighted tower of death only to be held fast as they expire…

The contraption was more difficult to deploy than anticipated, being coated with a thick adhesive in which the enemy will become mired. However, if it succeeds in luring even a few of my enemy combatants and capturing these malevolent intruders, the effort will have been worthwhile…

View Stinkbug Trap Catching Stinkbugs

My Newest Weapon in the Stinkbug War

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Kill the Stinkbugs…

Is it bad that I actually enjoy watching brown marmorated stinkbugs die slow, agonizing deaths? The thing is, I’m the kind of person that won’t kill spiders, loves snakes, and tries to put baby birds back in nests. Even when it is an accident or necessary, I hate killing anything. Correction: Hated killing anything. I hate stinkbugs so much that I actually thrive on their destruction, by any means.

So, I have been researching and so far have found two particular chemical pesticides that seem to work: cypermethrin and dinotefuran. I have been using Home Defense, which contains bifenthrin with good results. It doesn’t keep them away, but it does kill those who pass through the barrier to enter the house. The reality, though is that you still have to collect the carcasses. This picture if from my morning patrol…

Pile of Dead Stinkbugs Pesticide

Results of My Morning Patrol

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Two Words About Stinkbugs

Stinkbug. Toothbrush.

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Stinkbugs: They Are Breeding…

Despite intel reports to the contrary, the stinkbug horde encamped within the walls and crevices of my home IS breeding. I just captured a young scout – and I have seen many before whom I suspected were underage. I fear that they are not being drafted into the enemy army against their will, but are rather so eager to join in the invasion that they enlist as soon as they pass through the First Instar phase…

Stinkbugs group picture

The Stinkbug Army is Growing

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They Will Dance On Our Graves

Picture Stinkbugs Instead of Roaches...

I saw this Gary Larsen Far Side Classic, and all I could think was that he had it wrong. It will be stinkbugs celebrating instead of roaches. Perhaps they will enslave the roaches to serve them. Regardless, stinkbugs clearly have a plan, and it does not involve our survival. So, we must fight back. I have a few leads on weapons in the ongoing war… and they seem to more active today, as if perhaps they know that I am plotting an attack. Pray for me, friends.

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