From Stink Bugs to Elephants

I don’t know if you have stink bugs where you live, but they are visitors here who have become permanent residents.  Gossip says that they came over from Asia in cargo, my guess is those wonderful baskets at such like Micheal’s and Pier One.  The trains transported them across land and they got off at points along the  way, Allentown and Pattenburg being close to my house. They have made themselves at home spreading throughout the state of New Jersey. They are simple aerodynamic arrow head  tanks on brittle legs. No wheels needed as they fly loudly crashing into things. Unlike  bedbugs they don’t bite.  I have never seen them eat anything but they STINK!!!!  The best part is there are no known pesticides in our state that kill them, not that I would use one, but there must be no predators either because they are multiplying every year in noticeable numbers.  At first no one would admit to finding them in their home,  but  a couple years hence  I doubt you can find anyone who isn’t raving about the stink Bugs (plural) inside their homes. How do they get in? Last thanksgiving we and our guests were observing the turkey baking in the oven when our view was obscured by stink bugs crawling quickly between the glasses on the oven door.  They must have been woken from their winter slumber by the increasing heat.  Many local citizens have been woken in the night by stink bugs landing on their face or hair.  They have been known to crawl between pajama legs, and hide under chocolate bars, pose themselves on the lace tablecloth or the favorite orchid. If I took the time to remove each one I find,  half my day would be gone.

My imagination tells me that we need to import some of their predators . then possibly some predators for those, and then possibly predators for those, and then because each predator is slightly larger than the previous,  eventually we will need lots of elephants patrolling the streets .  I can’t wait.

 

 

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10 Responses to From Stink Bugs to Elephants

  1. mark White says:

    we use diluted Basic H on our pests. It’s a liquid soap but any liquid soap will work. It even kills centipedes.

  2. Paula says:

    Thanks Mark
    we have tried everything
    but not this yet

  3. My dog Zack loves to push stink bugs along with his nose, and then they rear up on their hind legs while scooting along. Sounds like they’re not as prevalent here in far west Texas, but then we have larger creatures to contend with – rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas and javelina.

  4. I love the idea of Elephants wandering through Frenchtown, smashing stink bugs. My dog eats them and there is a burst of stench that she seems to love. You will be happy to know that there is an Asian wasp that eats stink bug larvae that some scientists here are studying. They need a couple of more years of study before they introduce these wasps into our environment, to make sure they will not damage anything else (unlikely). But, because I heard this on NPR, there is probably someone on a plane this minute, headed to Asia to grab the first wasp they come to. Ayyyeee!!

    • Paula says:

      Margaret so we see that imagination is not too far from possibility!!! so we are starting with wasps, lets just guess what will be next to eat the wasps, I think some sort of tuff tortoise or long throated lizard

  5. As usual, your creative, bizarre imagination would prompt you to start off your web site with a blog on stink bugs! Yes, I understand that important things do come first. I’ve been thinking of tagging one of the little stinkers to see how long it lives (do they really have a “life” or would one call it “hanging out”?)

  6. Paula, you need to draw the elephant patrol and the stink bugs scattering. That would be a fabulous image.
    Best,
    Helen

  7. Yes…elephants caparisoned in Muslin Mink. What a show THAT would be.

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