Stink Bugs–do they dislike rain? Tell us what you think!

We have been invaded, like the rest of the Northern Virginia region.  Stink bugs are rampant at Oatlands.  They seem to like paper, fabric, electronics of any kind, and my desk.  The vacuum cleaner appears to be their only natural enemy.  They look a little prehistoric but we’re starting to get used to their company.  The rain does seem to slow them down and we’re hoping for a week of less stink. 

Do you think stink bugs are subdued by rain?  Tell us your stink bug theories!

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Director of Development at Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site.
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2 Responses to Stink Bugs–do they dislike rain? Tell us what you think!

  1. Joe says:

    Here are some helpful tips on how to keep those buggers out of your house: http://bit.ly/a7PARu

  2. Seems they’re a big problem throughout the Mid-Atlantic and it’s spreading. According to a recent article in the New York Times, ” Government and university researchers say they need more time to study the bug, which has been in the United States since about 1998. Native to Asia, it was first found in Allentown, Pa., and has no natural enemies here. Some people noticed an increase in the stink bug population last year, but all agreed that this year’s swarm was out of control. Researchers say the bugs reproduced at a faster rate this year, but they are unsure why.” For more details, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27stinkbug.html.

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