Brennie Morgan

There’s more than one way to kill a stink bug

We couldn’t help but wonder why Dale flushes all that good soap water down the toilet with the dead bugs. Couldn’t he strain out the bugs and do the dishes?

But mostly, folks shared other methods of eradicating the pests, On The Cheap style.

Our first response came from Barbara York in Milford Township, who showed us a few years ago how to get toothpaste out of a nearly empty toothpaste tube with a rolling pin. She snags stink bugs with a pair of tweezers, plops them in an empty spice jar and puts them in the freezer to kill them.

“I’m not queasy about something that’s in a sealed container in my freezer,” Barbara said.

Barbara Freeman showed us yet another use for one of the greatest inventions ever.

“If they get in the house and on a curtain just brush the sticky side of duct tape over them and fold the tape,” Barbara said. “No smell. No water to flush.”

Mike, who didn’t provide his last name, shared his method for getting stink bugs outside. Most of us would agree that we’d rather fight stink bugs outside on their turf than inside on ours.

“I use a metal coffee can,” he said. “Bend one side flat and tape it to a wooden stick or a garden hoe. Put mineral spirits in the can or Tiki fuel. Put the can under them and they will drop in intending to fly away. A 5 or cheap jerseys 6 foot pole will reach the overhangs on a ranch house.”

Some of the commercial pest control products are meant to be used as a perimeter treatment, meaning you spray it on your foundation and around door and window frames where stink bugs are likely to infiltrate. But Jenny Williams of Philipsburg has a homemade solution if you’re worried about putting those poisons on your home.

“I tried something last summer that I read online or somewhere to mix vinegar and lemon juice together in a squirt bottle and I did and sprayed all windows in my house,” she said. “The sides, the middle and the bottoms. The year before when I took my air conditioner out of window, there were about six to eight of them there and last year, after spraying, there were none. Since, I had one stink bug in my house a few weeks ago and that was because I had new windows put in. I haven’t sprayed the new windows yet but I will. I am a believer.”

A few folks told us they use either ammonia or rubbing alcohol, both pretty cheap products.

“Walmart carries 91 percent rubbing alcohol,” Mary Ariniello said. “I put a sprayer in the bottle and it kills stink bugs and every other type of bug. Just don’t spray it on painted surfaces or wood. I hate squashing bugs. The rubbing alcohol never fails.”

Linnet Hill uses alcohol, too. But she puts it in a jar, catches the stink bugs with a napkin and dumps them in the deadly fluid.

“My grandson is always on stink bug patrol and likes to watch them die,” she said. “I had a jar with about 100 or more before I flushed it. Alcohol costs around a buck for 16 ounces. I tried the Dawn a few weeks ago. If you don’t dump them right away, after a day or so they stink bad. With the alcohol they don’t.”

Brennie Morgan of Allentown has an efficient method for the busy stink bug hunter.

“The problem is mainly collecting the stink bugs,” Brennie said. “One at a time takes a lot of time and if you try to knock them into a container they may fly away. I use my Dustbuster to collect them, then just empty them down the toilet! I have collected as many as 25 bugs off my bay window in one sweep. What a timesaver this is.”

And we saved the cheapest method for last. This sophisticated stink bug killing technique comes from Ken Mickley in Allentown.

“Grab the bug they are slow with a piece of scrap paper, squeeze it between your fingers to kill it and throw it in the trash,” Ken said. “You can’t get cheaper than no cost.”.

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