Will the Stink Bug invade Hoboken?
Hoboken411 reader Jake is a bit concerned about the “Sting Bug” that has been in the news lately – and hopes it doesn’t find it’s way into the Mile Square…
Go Away: Hoboken Has Enough Stinking Trouble!
“This week, I read an article in the New York Times and got a sinking feeling.
The subject was pests called “Stink Bugs” that apparently are a major pest starting to invade the East Coast of the U.S. (originally from overseas but apparently first spotted here in Allentown, PA over ten years ago). All I could think was: “Great. If there is going to be any major problem or infestation anywhere on the East Coast, it’s bound to hit Hoboken since we have such stinkin’ bad luck.”
I researched these pests a little more and it doesn’t look pretty. They are “winged brown marmorated stink bugs” originally from China, Japan, and Korea that somehow made their way over to the United States in shipping containers. Apparently, these bugs have now been spotted in as many as 20 states (mostly in the mid-Atlantic). Even more unfortunate is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to control them; now that it is starting to get colder they prefer to start moving inside and laying eggs in warmer temperatures. They like suburbs and cities for that, and are hard to keep out. Perfect. Let’s just hope this doesn’t happen in Hoboken…
More disturbingly, killing them is apparently a pungent option (described to be “repulsive” or “skunk-like” as a defense mechanism). Earlier this month, I visited my parents out in Cokesbury, NJ (about an hour to the southwest) and I saw a couple of these things – didn’t know what they were at the time. Last month I found a few outside but left them alone and even my wife was fine with that (they were outside!).
Now that I’m learning more about the Stink Bugs I wonder if anyone else spotted them around town. Is this just another red herring, or could this be a true problem for Hudson County in the future? Does anyone know more than what I read in the news?”