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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-10-2021, 15:04 Thread Starter
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An invasion of stink bugs!

Ugh! Biggish, brown with the shield shaped carapace.

I'd one in my maxxair fan a couple of days ago. But it can't get in (I don't think!) because of the metal grille. But it's above my bed so feels uncomfortable with it up there. Even more so when I saw there was a whole troupe of them this afternoon. Ugh!

I could spray thro the grille with my anti-spider spray but, if it works, that would leave me with a number of corpses there. The grille can be removed tho I've never done that. And what if a live one drops in while I'm at it?

I just want them to fly or crawl away...

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How about an air line when next in a garage with vent open. Blow them back out Jean.

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It's a thought Ray, tho I'm not sure the airline would stretch that far.
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A little google (to find out what they are!) says that garlic, lavender, thyme and catnip will repel them.
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They are a pita at the moment as they try to find somewhere to overwinter. I have never heard of garlic, lavender thyme and catnip as repellants, I will have to give that a try.

We probably remove three or four a day and if I move the shutters from their open position, more like 3 or 4 THOUSAND as sitting between the shutter and the wall seems ideal for them, their families, their families friends and you get the picture…..

It is real luck, sometimes you can gently pick them up and deposit them outside without them leaving their putrid aroma. Other times, you are not so lucky and you are sprayed and the stench does not wash off with soap, detergent, ethanol or acetone (propanone). So any tips gratefully appreciated.

Of course, when we dry the quilt cover and sheets they consider that to be suitable for them……. and only discovering their presence AND presents when you lay in bed has got to be one of the most unpleasant experiences of living in SW France.

The airline suggestion to “remove without touching” seems an excellent idea…….
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Maybe 'Shield' bugs Kev.
Probably find they are rich in some vitamin we could do with.

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We do get a small green shield shaped bug now and then but usually outside.
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In the past I've discovered the smaller red ones have hitch-hiked home with me and they appear months later. I don't actually mind those ones (and I've never really had a problem with stink) but these much larger brown ones are just horrible - I think it's the piggy-pink fleshy underbelly that I loathe.

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A little google (to find out what they are!) says that garlic, lavender, thyme and catnip will repel them.
Thanks for that Pat. I've a lavender spray that I tried on them - didn't seem to phase them at all.

Part of the problem I think is that the maxxair fan has a long hood that, although it rises, it doesn't give them any clear path to exit.

I'll try to pick up some sprays of lavender and tie it across the grille, see if the persistent smell might make them wander off somewhere else.

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