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Stinkbug trap! October 2, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening, homesteading, wit and wisdom.
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Good news, fellow sufferers of stinkbug invasions! Silence Dogood here. Yesterday, our friend Ben and I were enjoying a now-rare sunny day to take a leisurely drive through the countryside, stopping every now and then to run an errand. Our travels took us to Weaver’s Hardware in search of a refrigerator/freezer thermometer. While we were there, OFB suggested heading for the pest-control aisle (an area we usually avoid like the plague) to see if they had a bug vac, a suggestion for stinkbug control from blogging friend Lynda.

We still don’t know if Weaver’s carries bug vacs, because before we even reached the aisle, we saw a display of stinkbug traps. Could it be?! We thought it would be years before  a stinkbug trap was developed, yet here one was, the Rescue Reusable Stink Bug Trap.

Made by Sterling International in Spokane, Washington, the basic trap includes a pheromone attractant and is designed to be hung outdoors in spring and summer, where it “Catches adult stink bugs before they enter homes” and “Traps younger generations that damage gardens and fruit trees,” according to the package. If you purchase the separate Rescue Stink Bug Light, you can convert your stinkbug trap into an indoor attractant for fall and winter use, where it “Catches stink bugs that have entered homes to overwinter” and “lures insects from indoor living spaces,” again according to the package.

As longtime readers know, I cannot abide stinkbugs. This has nothing to do with their prehistoric appearance—I had a plastic dinosaur that looked rather stinkbug-like when I was a child—and is even a separate issue from the damage they apparently inflict on fruits and vegetables. I simply hate loud, sudden noises and surprise attacks, and stinkbugs specialize in both, blasting off with a motorcycle-like roar from their inconspicuous hiding places to land either on or next to you. It’s enough to shred my last nerve. And of course, one of the main entry points for stinkbug invaders is in the home office where I spend the better part of every day (the other being the kitchen, where I spend hours cooking each day and where OFB and I eat).

All of which is simply to explain why the chronically cash-strapped OFB and I decided to plunk down $21.99 for the trap and an additional $18.99 for the separate light attachment, all for an object that resembles a lava lamp or a really hokey ’50s-era toy spacecraft, depending on your point of view. (It actually reminds me of the screamingly funny blender-based mind-control gadget invented by mad scientist Jim Carrey in “Batman Forever.”)

While OFB, not the most mechanically minded, toiled for hours trying to assemble the trap at home, I did a little online research (incidentally finding that you can buy the basic trap for $16.99 at Amazon or $19.96 at Lowe’s and from Plow & Hearth). Reviews look good, at least for the outdoor version. (It’s a new product, so there aren’t really any testimonials about how well it works in real-home situations yet, as the monsters are just now starting to move in for the winter and the endless heavy rains have slowed them down.) 

The wacky-looking trap is now set up (let’s hope OFB managed to do it right) and standing on a table in our home office, ready to take on invading stinkbugs. Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to watching it in action, since, as the package says, “Trapped insects dehydrate for easy disposal.” Watching trapped stinkbugs struggle and die isn’t my idea of entertainment, to say the least. But I guess it beats watching them crawl into the house, dive-bomb me, and cover every available surface with their brown droppings, not to mention catching them with my bare hands and throwing them out the door.

You can find out more about the traps at www.rescue.com, facebook.com/rescuepestcontrol, and Twitter:@rescue. One caveat: The website says the outdoor traps attract all species of stinkbug. Native stinkbugs are harmless, and some are even beneficial. It’s only the invading brown marmorated stink bug that’s a menace. That’s why the entomologists at the USDA are working so hard to find a control that only attacks the brown marmorated stink bug while leaving all other species unharmed. Fingers crossed that they succeed before spring begins the horrid cycle all over again!

Meanwhile, please let us know if you’ve used traps and if so, how they’ve worked for you.

                  ‘Til next time,

                             Silence

Note: Alert readers will have observed that I use both “stinkbug” and “stink bug” throughout this post. Technically, “stink bug” is correct, so when referring to a species or quoting a source or brand name, I make it two words. But when writing as me, I always call them stinkbugs. They’re awful either way.—Silence

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1. Alan from Roberts Roost - October 2, 2011

I’ve only used pherone traps for Japanese beatles. The years I did we had more of them than ever… Lots of luck.

Yup, I was always told not to use Japanese beetle traps, and for that very reason, unless you could put them far, far away from the house (and susceptible plants)! I’m thinking the stinkbug trap won’t work like that indoors, though, since it doesn’t have a pheromone attractant or any lure but the light, and you turn it on at night, when stinkbugs that are still outside wouldn’t be active. I’m more concerned that it won’t work at all. We shall see…

2. Jody Williams - October 12, 2011

Remember — Build your own mechanical, pheromone free, pesticide free, simple as apple pie trap. Trapbug.com FREE. If your look at the reviews for these chemical laden, money grabbing schemes, you will be reminded that capitalism in this form is a little criminal. Yesterday i saw a home with three traps,bought at the big box store,lined up against the wall,12 feet apart,trapping for 7 days now. EMPTY —- The wall on this deck had around 700 stinkbugs crawling on it. I was there testing for new ideas. JODY

Thanks for the timely reminder, Jody! Folks, head to Jody’s site at http://trapbug.com/ to see how to make your own effective trap!


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