As if the East Coast hasn’t had enough problems with the resurgence of bed bugs – especially in New York City – now parts of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania are dealing with a new pest problem: stink bugs.
Stink bugs are damaging apple crops in Maryland and ruining pepper and tomato crops in New Jersey. But mostly, people are upset that stink bugs are invading their homes. The insects “are not poisonous and will not bite or sting humans or pets,” and they have not been known to cause any structural damage, but when the bugs are crushed, they – you know – stink. So how can you get rid of the critters?
In Lynchburg, VA, are experts say stink bugs are “breeding out of control.” If you experienced a ladybug infestation last fall – as many homes on the East Coast did – you know that your best weapon in this type of situation is your vacuum cleaner, because once the bugs are in your house, they’re there to stay.
Kevin Camm of Lynchburg says, “If you have a vacuum cleaner, vacuum them up. If possible, have a vacuum cleaner dedicated to stink bugs because once you suck them up, the vacuum stinks.”
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