Will the Stink Bug invade Hoboken?

10/1/2010:

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?”

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17 Comments on "Will the Stink Bug invade Hoboken?"

hdcase
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hdcase

This is becoming an important issue for farmers accross the United States. The pest has been collected and identified in Oregon and California. If it becomes established in California we’re in trouble because so much of the nation’s food supply is produced here. Researchers had better get busy and find a solution in short order. http://www.pestcontrolcenter.com/store

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

I saw one of these in Hoboken for the first time earlier this year. I had no idea what it was, but stopped to look at it because I had never seen one before. Lucky for me it was outside. I hope I don’t see any inside as the weather gets cooler.

mandypaige316
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mandypaige316

we have had them in bergen county for awhile now…the way we get rid of them is vaccume them up and throw the bag out.

the pest control dude told us that in the summer time they burrow into the walls and siding of buildings and when it gets cooler out thats when you start to see them in your house. he said the only way to really get rid of them is to reseal the entire outside of the building.

vaccuming them works just fine for me 🙂

Bonnie
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Bonnie

My brother had these over the summer in his place in New York (always clinging to his curtains) and he would grab them with a tissue and flush them. He said they smelled like a cross between stinky feet and skunk. He caulked his windows but they kept coming he couldn’t determine where from.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Oh Crap! I’ve killed about 3 of these bugs in my house. There was no smell though.

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