Scientist offers tips to help deal with swarming stink bugs

Scientist offers tips to help deal with swarming stink bugs (WWMT)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As the temperatures begin to fall, many critters and bugs seek warmth indoors and in our homes.

That includes Brown marmorated stink bugs, who begin to swarm this time of year.

Experts say there is a way to help keep them out of your home.

A chemical ecologists at Western Michigan University told WWMT that all you need is soapy water and light.

"Perhaps the easiest way to get rid of them is to have a tray of soapy water, and just put a desk lamp by it to attract them to the light of the desk lamp; and they'll drop into the soapy water and drown. You can catch thousands like that," Dr. Malcolm said.

"I think we're seeing so many now because the soybean and corn crops have been harvested, and so they're flying out of those fields, and because it's autumn, they're looking for somewhere to spend the winter," said WMU Biology Professor Dr. Stephen Malcolm.

Malcolm says the heat wave is also causing them to be more active ahead of colder weather, as they're looking for nice, secure nooks and crannies.

"So they'll cluster around doors. If there's a cluster there and you open the door they all fly in," Dr. Malcolm said.

Dr. Malcolm says we should not be worried about the stink bugs transferring viruses to people.

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