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by Ileana D-U
on September 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM
Get rid of them now while the population is still small! You do not know what a nuisance these things are. These things can be vacuumed up.  
Spend the money now! Find the money now! If you can't, then have groups of volunteers going around with and vacuuming them.  
They don't bite and if you just trap them they won't release their smell. They can get shredded in the vacuum mechanism or you can just keep them trapped until they die.  
If you let them breed, they will be everywhere. They come into your house and fly all over the place and sometimes even land on or near you. They have no fear of us.  
If you don't harrass them and your pets don't try to eat them they won't release their stink.
by Todd Jumper
on September 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM
Good lord no. These bugs were horrible when I lived in Pennsylvania.. hundreds of them in our home and literally almost impossible to stop them.  
They need to be controlled before they make their way up the west coast.. I have not yet seen any since moving here to Washington state, north of Seattle and hope it stays that way.  
They smell, they do bite, I've been bitten twice - once during sleep- and once putting a shirt on.  
You have to wonder if these have been genetically manipulated and released on purpose. I mean how many years now have we been trading with Asia, and they just now show up? Odd.
by Chris
on September 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM
We've been dealing with these guys in Pennsylvania for years now. Because there are no natural predators, they just proliferate. They also get around a lot of insecticides because they actually puncture fruit and vegetables. It's not a good bug to have around crops...
by Evelyn
on September 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM
The trees you have listed as ornamentals are actually considered invasives.
by Peter
on September 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Oh man, that's disgusting.
by BillieM
on September 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I have a lot of local birds in my backyard. They seem to enjoy them. I hosed off my fruit tree with water, took me an hour. They were flying all over. The birds went nutty eating them up. A week later I found only a few small clusters of them. I knocked them to the ground and let my chickens at them. They love em! Do what you can but zap those stinkers!
by gocctvshop
on September 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM
Actually, I am very afraid of insects.
by carol w
on September 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM
These traps work well in catching stink bugs. If you catch them by hand (use a tissue), drop them in soapy water and they will die. These bugs are disgusting.
by Doug Stewart
on October 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I live at 1722 G Street in Sacramento  
and saw them on my kitchen screen this morning.  
How do you kill them????
by lisa
on November 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Im from Marysville Washington & have found a few in my home how do u get rid of them?
by Julie O
on February 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Traps are mentioned by Carol w. what traps? where do you get them?
by Ken J
on August 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM
They are in my backyard and have destroyed some of my Pommegranites already. Sprayed with peppermint oil and they didn't like but didn't hurt them. We are in Fair Oaks (Sacramento County). Any knowledge will be helpful. I just hope to keep them out of my raised foundation home. I can remove all my fruit and throw it away, has anyone else used the vacuum? This is a very thorny fruit tree so will be hard to do the vacuum, but can try.
by Chuck Ingels
on August 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM
Ken and others - We have written a UC IPM "Pest Note" on brown marmorated stink bugs, which can be found at:  
One thing that we'll add soon is research at Virginia Tech that showed that stink bugs indoors can be easily controlled by using a light near a pan of soapy water - see this web site for more info:  
However, it sounds like you have another serious pest of (mainly) tomatoes and pomegranates, the leaffooted bug. You can find our Pest Note on this pest at:  
Chuck Ingels
by Chuck Ingels
on August 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM
Ken and others - We have written a UC IPM "Pest Note" on brown marmorated stink bugs, which can be found at:  
One thing that we'll add soon is research at Virginia Tech that showed that stink bugs indoors can be easily controlled by using a light near a pan of soapy water - see this web site for more info:  
However, it sounds like you have another serious pest of (mainly) tomatoes and pomegranates, the leaffooted bug. You can find our Pest Note on this pest at:  
Chuck Ingels
by Sara
on September 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM
I live on 13th and G and have found 4 of these guys in my apartment in the last 2 weeks. My boyfriend lives on 14th and G and they've had a few in their apartment as well. I've been trapping them in old candle jars until they are relatively immobile and then crushing them outside. Haven't smelled anything yet. I really hope this doesn't get any worse.
by Aaron
on October 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM
I live in Roseville and was bitten by one of these things a couple weeks ago. It bit the outer edge of my right upper eyelid. Burned like crazy and the bite was immediately followed by a very powerful smell that I can only describe as "chemically floral". This happened while cutting back my purple crepe myrtle (they seem to like that tree).
by Anne
on October 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM
My office is on F and 7th. These bugs have been in my building for a few weeks now. They have also made their way into the county clerk's office across the street from me. Icky!
by Cheryl Anne
on October 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM
We're in Mulino, Oregon, about 27 miles SE of Portland. Just got a nursery license in July and October 3, got home to find hundreds of bmsb all over the house. Our local KATU news station, OSU Extension, and the OR Dept of Ag are advising people to let them go outside.  
If you want something added to this site, email me - contact info is at the bottom of the page.
by Catherine
on November 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM
I live in the heart of midtown sac and these little demons are AWFUL. The first one I ever saw was back in June. They've been present muchorr in the last couple of months. I would find 3-5 a day climbing through the tiniest cracks of my windows. They don't smash easily but I was killing them with a broom for a while. Then I started spraying them with a solution of dawn and water. Kills them within 30 seconds to a minute. My roommate took down some picture frames on her wall and found about 12 of them! Once they get in your house they find somewhere to hide! They fly and make a really loud buzzing noise. I'm TERRIFIED of insects and these stink bugs have made my life stressful lately. I hate going home because I get so startled when I find them. The cuty needs to do something fast! Just saw one today in Folsom, CA which is about 20 miles from midtown.
by colleen
on November 9, 2014 at 5:49 AM
I live at 17th and G in Midtown Sacramento. My apt bldg had a lot of these bugs from early September to mid October. I do not have a yard so it did not bother me too much but I know they eat up the entire vegetable garden crops and are aggressive. My property mgmt company hired a pesticide spraying exterminator to spray the entire exterior of our 20 unit apt bldg. Two days later it RAINED despite the drought. The rain washed off all the stink bug pesticide and that pollutes our drinking water, creks and rivers. As if Sacramento and California drinking water isn't already full of toxic pesticide run off from corporate agribusiness farming in the central valley!  
I understand these bugs are invasive and a huge pest problem but why not use Integrated Pest Management techniques instead of pesticides? We all know bugs quickly build up a tolerance to pesticides and become immune to sprays.  
I read a lot of posts from terrified traumatized people whining about finding these bugs in their home inside. Big deal. I just swatted them witha sshoe and tossed them in the toilet. If you keep your windows and doors closed that helps prevent infestation inside the home. In 2010 I had the worst most disgusting bed bug invasion so bad I had to toss out 50% of my stuff, put the rest of my stuff in storage for 10 months and move to anew residence.  
Bed bugs are REALLY disgusting and a million times more invasive than stink bugs. After enduring bed bug infestation 4 yrs ago i consider stinkbugs to be a very minor annoyance.  
The govt does need to do something about these bugs since they destroy commercial crops for farmers and veggie home gardens but compared to bed bugs these stink bugs are innocuous
by Nikki
on March 23, 2015 at 12:25 AM
I live at H and 13. Our whole apartment building is infested with these. We thought it was just our place until I ran into this article. Here it is, March, and they're still going strong. I find about 5-8 a day.
by Jennifer Lafon
on December 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM
I live in Carmichael, a Suburb of Sacramento County, it is December 20th, 2015 and these bugs are now a local problem for Gardners, vegatable and or flower and plant gardners. They are not pikky eaters either. Found a 1 1/2" Size one INSIDE MY BOYFRIENDS APARTMENT. I DONT CRUNCH THEM, I FLUSH THEM TOO! Dont drink the water here....bla
by Melissa
on January 17, 2021 at 10:16 PM
I live in San Jose and my spring fell off my window during the summer so I had to just deal leave it open with fan on and let me tell you they were everywhere and when you step or kill them they realease an awful odor so I went online and saw that someone’s husband was an exterminator and recommended you catch them with a tissue and flush them down the toilet if they release the odor it attracts more of them to your house! They are just annoying and as soon as I started spraying oils and had my window covered once I had an AC installed they still hung around my window and same with my sister so she attached a fan and covered the top and the disappeared I think once they got stuck in the fan they stopped coming around so idk what stops them to be honest
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