Why are Stinkbugs Everywhere on the Seacoast Right Now?
These things are everywhere lately!
I thought it was just me, but everywhere I went, these stinkbugs were popping up. In my office, the doctor's office, my house but just on the outside, thank goodness. Turns out, these are STINKBUGS and they are named that for good reason.... if you kill them, they stink. According to Wiki, the odor is sometimes described as pungent cilantro.
The other morning, I came in to my office and there was a big huge stink bug on my office window. I decided that I better just let the thing stay there instead of killing it, but now that I am reading about them, it seems that it would have been just fine to kill it. I don't mind the smell of cilantro and there are THOUSANDS of these bugs around, so there's no shortage.
I didn't know that these bugs are fairly new to the Northeast. Here's an quote from the Wikipedia description of its behavior:
The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from China or Japan. It is believed to have hitched a ride as a stowaway in packing crates or on various types of machinery. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania in September of 1998.
Wiki also says that this bug can survive in the hot or cold. It does, however, usually hibernate in the Winter, but if they are in your house, you may see them roaming around from time to time, which really freaks me out. I don't wanna see this thing in the middle of the night.
Have you seen them where you are?