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Stink Bugs Expected In Record Numbers In New Jersey

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Experts are saying that conditions are good for a record number of stink bugs to make an appearance here in the Garden State soon.

First there was the cicada invasion, which for many of us never really happened, then the other day I walked out of the house and found myself in the midst of a gnat or flying ant invasion, which was pretty gross. But, no worries because with the colder weather coming we don’t have to worry about bugs, right? Wrong.

Get ready for the stink bug invasion, according to Apparently, after spending some time feasting on plants, the stink bugs are done eating, and now as the temperatures drop, they are going to be looking for a warm place to live. Is your house warm? I thought so.

And they are attracted to light, which you probably also have in your house, right? And it gets worse. Experts say that, unlike mosquitoes, stink bugs can’t be controlled by spraying. And they don’t recommend using pesticides since many stink bugs are resistant to them.

So what do you do? Experts say to turn off unnecessary lights and fill cracks and holes in your house. Great. Sometimes I just feel like locking the doors, turning off the lights and staying inside until May.

Of course, stink bugs don’t bite, but that smell when you kill them or when they feel threatened is awful. Last year I saw one in the car while I was driving on the Parkway. I couldn’t think of anything else to do but talk to him. I figured if he didn’t feel threatened, he wouldn’t stink up the car. He disappeared in a few minutes, probably thinking, “I have to get away from this nut who’s trying to have a conversation with me”.

He was probably right.


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