Invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs!

Oct 18, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We’ve had ninety degree temperatures in October, but during a brief cool spell in September, one of the worst imported pests, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, started its annual intrusion into my upstairs.  I awoke one morning to find these garden pests hanging out on my curtains and Edward had to suck them up with the vacuum, then empty the canister into a bag, seal it, and put it in the trash. If you disturb them by picking or sweeping them up, they give off an absolutely disgustingly smelly secretion. I found one that died on the bathmat and dozens of ants were happily digesting him, a reminder of another ongoing invasion due to the current drought. My circa 1880’s house is basically a welcoming driveway for insects but even new homes suffer when these creatures are seeking shelter.