Sick of Stink Bugs
They are apparently an invasive species from Asia. Someone asked about them at the IPM lecture at HHF the other week. I seem to recall that they first appeared in Pennsylvania. Now, apparently, they're assaulting the whole east coast, doing terrible damage to crop and annoying the hell out of everyone else. Both the Baltimore Sun and the Carroll County Times have articles on them today. No one really knows what to do about them.
And they do stink. If you piss them off a little, they smell like cilantro, which can work well as a herb in some foods but is not the most pleasant-smelling plant in the world. If you really piss them off, they get that chemical-candy smell, like squash bugs (which they're related to) but not quite as Jolly Rancherish.
ETA: Okay, we just caught about 30 of them in the bedroom. They were coming in the air conditioning unit.
The air conditioning unit has been removed, and the chickens just enjoyed a treat.
However, even after washing, my hands still smell of cilantro.
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