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Ohio researchers say stink bugs likely here to stay

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Researchers say brown marmorated stink bugs are here to stay, and will likely make their way indoors once the weather gets cold. (AP photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There’s an invasion taking place in homes across Ohio.

Stink bugs seeking a warm shelter during the winter are wiggling their way into homes

The brown, shield-shaped insects called brown marmorated stink bugs are relatively new to the state, first appearing around 2007, but they aren’t likely to leave anytime soon.

“Those stink bugs will probably be a yearly occurrence from now on,” Ron Hammond, an entomologist with Ohio State University Extension in Wooster, told The Columbus Dispatch.

First identified in Pennsylvania in 1998, stink bugs have since been found in 33 states.

Researchers suspect they arrived in the United State in shipping containers from Asia.

The bugs don’t bite or sting, but they do give off a foul odor when they are squashed. They’re only about a half-inch long.

The bugs get into home through tiny cracks, holes and other openings in a home’s exterior. Windows that seal poorly are a common entry point, said Dave Shetlar, another insect expert with Ohio State.

They also can enter home through open soffit and roof vents

“These aren’t Houdini bugs,” Shetlar told the Akron Beacon Journal. “They don’t just magically appear in your house.”

The insects feeds on a range of ornamental and food plants, he said. Researchers are studying the damage it can do to fruit and soybean crops.

Chris Bergh, a University of West Virginia entomologist, said research said scientists have found about a half-dozen pesticides that seem to work well at combating the pest.

Adult stink bugs emerge in June and mate and lay eggs through August.

They’ll come inside when the weather turns cool.

Paige Spurbeck, who lives in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, said the bugs have overrun her deck.

“They’re just nasty,” Spurbeck said. “They smell, and they’re everywhere. They like the patio furniture on our deck, which is really disgusting.”


  • thisworldsucks

    Is there anyway or anything we can use to get rid of these burgers

    • Phil Blank

      Slowly bring them to a boil, then spread on toast.

  • Phil Blank

    I had a green one on my screen.

    Bad for crops!

    A destructive stink bug is invading the Pacific Northwest and could cause billions of dollars in damage to crops (video report). Source: KGW Portland, September

    Stink bugs ruining fruit crops nationwide – NY Daily News…July 2012

  • Tonya Kollen

    I have had these pests the last two years! Make sure windows & screens are sealed because they’re a flat bug that can get through tiny crevices. We’ve sprayed which has helped & I finally found where they were coming in through a screen. After entry suck them up with a vacuum & empty bag or canister. I only have seen a few since but they are really annoying & of course “stinky”!

  • Kateri Roselea Horvath

    thats strange i have them everywhere at my grandmas house and they dont stink at all. my kids even squish them and they dont stink