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Like some people, I believe the Armageddon that Jon Stewart jokes about will begin not with a bang, but with a little, tiny germ or pest. Not a crazy Norwegian with a superiority complex, or a dirty bomb in a turban. Nope, it’s some small organism that will wreck havoc on our society in the sci-fi future.  Before penicillin was discovered, bacteria were to blame for large scale epidemics. Think about the anthrax scare. And what about my own little debacle with a mosquito and West Nile? Then there’s poor old Buddha, who came down with Lyme disease right after we moved here. I still have nightmares of spending time out on Martha’s Vineyard, picking ticks off of children, adults and dogs, and burning them one by one…at least twenty every night.

V, Lee and Al in the Vineyard

Here are my friends delivering a bill for their tick-worthy surgical skills! And now we have the Marmorated Brown Stink Bug! Not at all native to our continent, this bug was apparently, “… accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania. . It was first collected in September of 1998 in Allentown, but probably arrived several years earlier,” a Penn State entomologist says.  

OK, so they don’t carry a disease, at least not that we know of, but they do terrorize crops. They love apple and peach orchards, will feed on blackberry, field corn and soybeans, and for some reason, they absolutely adore my porch.

Saw my first one this summer today on the deck. Oh, and did I mention, they smell!  I may have gotten a record number of Facebook comments last year under a post that read, “Stink Bugs, it’s a biblical plague!” That was when they would fall out of lamps and scare me half to death. A friend of mine (Hi Tammy!) demonstrated the best way to rid your house of them. You get a glass, take a paper towel and gently swish the mini-dinosaur bug into the glass, then pour it down the toilet. No touching. Here are the bug’s natural predators:

Ms Bean

Farmer Bob

Well Halleluiah brothers and sisters, our local store, Plow and Hearth, is now taking orders for a stink bug trap! In fact they are getting about ten calls a day for them. The trap costs $19.99 and emits pheromones that lure the nasty critters to their death. Refills will run $9.95. Maybe we can boondoggle ourselves out of this infestation!This is our final frontier.


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