Weapons and Resources for Destroying Stinkbugs

In my war effort, which I began in earnest a little less than a year ago, I have conducted extensive research and field testing. Below are some of my intelligence resources for arming yourself against the invaders. Below are some weapons and resources I have found to help me kill stinkbugs.

Dead Inn Stinkbug Traps
I am eagerly awaiting this new weapon’s arrival. I won’t be able to test it’s lethality until it warms up in a month or so outside, but I am happy to have it to add to my arsenal and will keep you posted on results!

Strube’s Stinkbug Traps
In reality, simply hanging it was more of an effort than anticipated. The exterior is coated in a thick, sticky glue which ended up on the cord, rope, my hands and my shirt. Luckily, I found an antidote and removed it easily with baby oil and soap. It proved highly effective at killing stinkbugs at night when they are flying around.

Cup of Death
I actually use a jar and don’t bother with any liquid. I have also heard recommendations for adding soap or using alcohol. It’s simple, but effective. I have a stinkbug jar upstairs and one downstairs so I always have a receptacle handy for catching the stray stinkers.

Cardboard Traps
I haven’t gotten around to making these yet, but they make sense!

Washington Post/Associated Press Update on Pesticides and Stinkbugs
NBC News Washington
These are announcement about a possible new use of insecticide dinotefuran for control of stinkbugs. Unfortunately, this is not a pesticide that homeowners will have access to.

This newsletter provides practical information on the use of pyrethroid insecticides to control stinkbugs. So far, it appears that they may be the most effect type of poison available to homeowners.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Why am I so bothered that the experts on this are still experimenting?

Penn State
This site provides a good overview of the problem and mention of some of the pesticide options.

Ask the Exterminator
This is a great article about why we are – and probably will continue to be – waiting for the magic stinkbug poison. For now, I’m relying on my Home Defense, sprayed more often than I used to, and various traps and contraptions. And my complicated Battle Plans…

Copyright © 2011 Lydia Whitney


  • Kenny Koellner  On June 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Try melaleuca oil!!! It works extremely well against them, as well as the odor. Its natural and you can even clean your hands with it should it be contaminated!!

    • lydiawhitney  On June 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Folks, this is tea tree oil – and I’m going to try it! Thanks Kenny!

  • Kenny Koellner  On June 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Sure thing!!! I found it blinds them as well as takes them down quickly. I know its a very slow death for them but it does work!!

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