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Invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs!

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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.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.