Controlling Stink Bugs Just Got Easier

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s that time of year again: unwelcome pests looking to make your home their home for winter. For those looking to fight back, controlling stink bug infestation just got a little easier.

Those little shield-shaped bugs are about as undesirable as it gets. They infiltrate homes and can cause billions of dollars in damage to farmland.

Dr. George Hamilton from Rutgers University is a pest expert and says, while there are no known predators that target stink bugs, there are new traps on the market, “They are going to help. And who knows, this is going to be the first fall that they’re actually available for homeowners to use. Maybe we’ll find that they do solve the problem.”

It couldn’t come at a better time, because the pests are causing lots of trouble.

“They are inflicting damage to numerous crops here in the middle-Atlantic area. The second issue was when they enter people’s houses and buildings and so forth.”

There are a number of different brands and styles of trap in the $15 dollar range.

And if you’re handy, you can make your own stink-bug catcher using household items like soda bottles or cardboard(Click the links for step-by-step video instructions on how to create homemade stinkbug traps.)

Reported by Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Steve

    My dog eats stink bugs so they have at least one natural predator.. I should rent him out.

  • Ted

    Electric flyswatters work great too. You can kill them without squashing them. The one I use supplies 1500 volts; enough to stun some rodents.It also makes mosquitoes literally explode.

  • sfs

    Save your money..the commerical traps do not work…tried them… stink bugs just crawled on them!!

    • Ted

      I caught 12 of them in two days with the trap i bought

      • Lex

        What trap was that?

  • HH Fan

    Another annoying foreign import.

  • Peggy

    What happened to the home recipe for repelling stink bugs!!

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