learn how to prevent, control and exterminate stink bugs

Adult and nymph flat bugs on bark underside (Aradidae).

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  • Bed bug eradication is challenging and it’s prudent to hire a professional when resources allow. However treatment can be expensive, often costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. Those who cannot afford this often must cope with the problem themselves. A useful step that anyone can take to combat bed bugs is to install bed encasements. Covering the mattress and box spring can help eliminate a substantial portion of the bed bug population -- especially if discovered early while most of the bugs are still confined to the bed area. Extra care should be taken when installing budget encasements since these can tear easily, especially on metal bed frames. Ideally both the mattress and box spring should be encased. If only one encasement is possible it’s often best to cover the box spring which is harder to subsequently inspect.

    Even though it would be better to keep your windows closed, if you have them open and see stink bugs outside on the screen, put the soapy water solution into a spray bottle and spray the underside of their bellies. It won’t be enough to kill them, but it’ll send them flying off of your screen. If stink bugs gather on the side of your house, you can hose them off with water, or attach a hose sprayer full of the soapy water solution. Spraying them will send them flying and drop a lot of them to the ground, but this method is only effective if you plan to scoop up the fallen bugs into your soap bucket, or vacuum them up with a wet-dry shop vac.

  • With practice and a flashlight, nonprofessionals can become proficient in finding and destroying bed bugs. The process is made easier by reducing clutter, especially in bedrooms and sleeping areas. Bugs that are spotted can be removed with a vacuum (see previous discussion), or killed with over-the-counter insecticides labeled for such use. Most bed bug sprays intended for householders have little remaining effect after the spray has dried. Therefore it’s important to initially contact as many of the insects as possible with the spray droplets. Insecticide labels should be read carefully as some bed bug products should not be used on mattresses and seating areas. Some insecticides applied as powders or dusts (e.g., diatomaceous earth) will kill bed bugs although boric acid powder will not. However powders can be messy and difficult to apply, especially by nonprofessionals. Total release foggers (otherwise known as ‘bug bombs’) are ineffective against bed bugs and potentially dangerous when used incorrectly (see University of Kentucky entomology fact sheet ).

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    Bugs Bunny
    Background information
    Species: Rabbit
    Gender: Male
    Debut appearance: Porky's Hare Hunt
    (April 30, 1938) (as Happy Rabbit)
    A Wild Hare
    (July 27, 1940) (as Bugs Bunny)
    Created by: Tex Avery
    Portrayed by: Mel Blanc (1938–1989)
    Jeff Bergman (1990–1992, 2011–present)
    Greg Burson (1991–1997)
    Billy West (1996–2006)
    Joe Alaskey (2000–2008)
    Samuel Vincent (2002–2005)
    (see below)

  • Bugs Bunny
    Background information
    Species: Rabbit
    Gender: Male
    Debut appearance: Porky's Hare Hunt
    (April 30, 1938) (as Happy Rabbit)
    A Wild Hare
    (July 27, 1940) (as Bugs Bunny)
    Created by: Tex Avery
    Portrayed by: Mel Blanc (1938–1989)
    Jeff Bergman (1990–1992, 2011–present)
    Greg Burson (1991–1997)
    Billy West (1996–2006)
    Joe Alaskey (2000–2008)
    Samuel Vincent (2002–2005)
    (see below)

    Like that other famous milkweed feeder, the monarch butterfly, the bright, warning coloration of milkweed bugs warns predators that these bugs sequester toxic compounds from the plant in their bodies, making them distasteful. Milkweed bugs can be fed a variety of other seeds, although interestingly they habituate to food types and it often takes several generations for them to make a switch. Milkweed bugs in the lab are generally fed sunflower seeds, shelled or cracked since their mouthparts can’t pierce the harder husks.

Insects and Other Bugs from the State of New Jersey

Collect dried leaves, flowers, sticks, stones, seeds, shells, acorns, etc. that you can use to make bugs. Glue the pieces together on a piece of 5" x 5" card stock. Aleene's Tacky glue works very well for this project.