Stink Bugs


They’re small and brown and seem to be everywhere, from your windows to your walls or even crawling on your ceiling. It wouldn’t be smart to squish them because they release a disgusting smell that not only is a horrible, it attracts more. Find one and before you know it there will be four or five, soon they’ll take over your windows so you can’t see out. Stink Bugs are more annoying than your little siblings.

 These small brown bugs, with thick shells for protection, come out in the late summer, showing up seemingly everywhere and take the winter to rest up for spring. Originating in China they made their way across the Pacific Ocean any way they could. They attacked the west coast before making their way to the east coast.

They seem to be everywhere. “I stopped at the Sheetz on the way to Monroville and there were stink bugs everywhere”, commented Lauren Truxal. It’s not just at unsanitary places like gas stations, but everywhere from your home to your local supermarket. One place that the bugs haven’t seemed invested is GLSD thankfully. “Stink bugs seem to be rare in the school”, said Dannielle Pratt.

 I personally never experienced the annoyance until the last week in September when a single stink bug made its way between the closed window and screen of the window beside my bed. Deciding to leave it go, hoping that it would die by itself I walked out of my room heading to school. Coming home that evening there was a lot of noise coming from the window. Opening the blind I found three more stink bugs, crawling on the window. In a span of twelve hours one stink bug had turned into four.

 Finding a way to dispose of these pesky little bugs, without squishing them and releasing their smell, is the challenging part. Their smell actually attracts more.

People have come up with some wild ways to kill them. “My grandpa catches them in a jar full of soap, the soap in the jar kills them”, said junior Alyssa Turin. Others have sprayed them with rubbing alcohol or vacuumed them up so they have no way of escaping.

They’re attacking the crops, killing farmer’s income and eating their plants. Not only threatening this year’s crop but next year’s too. Attacking a majority of Apple Orchards from Maryland to Pennsylvania they can cost farmers up to 20 percent of their crop, as stated in an article on .

“They’re annoying” said Junior Marisa Larkin.  Truthfully that’s all they really are. These annoying bugs just won’t leave you alone, constantly nagging like a little brother or sister.. As the cold temperatures of winter come we can only hope that most of them will die or find somewhere (not my windows) to stay. Hopefully by next fall there will be a solution to get rid of these bugs.