A stink bug crawls on a Santa Claus decoration. Warm weather in early December reinvigorated the hibernating stink bugs and many emerged into homes and businesses. Stink bugs often hibernate inside of walls and attics during the fall and winter months. Photo: Kevin Ambrose

Last December, I wrote a post about stink bug weather and tips for keeping the bugs out of homes and businesses. A year later, the battle against the stinky pest continues.

I have compared notes with friends and almost everyone agrees that the stink bug invasion into our homes this season is not as bad as last season. In my house, I have had about half the number of stink bugs as last year. Perhaps some of the preventative measures are working? Perhaps fewer bugs are trying to hibernate in our homes this year? I’d be interested to hear your stink bug report about this season compared to last season.

Keep reading for information about fighting stink bugs and to check out a recipe for eating the little stinkers.

An indoor stink bug trap produced by nth-solutions, LLC attracts a stink bug. The traps have a power cord and a clear bowl which contains a water-based solution that drowns the bugs. The photo in the upper right corner is a view from above showing stink bugs that were lured into the trap. Photos: Kevin Ambrose

Light traps work well during the night to attract and catch stink bugs. I found, however, that most stink bugs enter the house during the afternoon, when the heat of the sun warms the house’s attics and walls. During the daytime hours, the light traps are ineffective and I find it’s best to catch the bugs by hand. The light traps are best used at night to catch the bugs that were not caught during the day or for any stink bugs that enter the house at night.

A homemade stink bug trap made from a two liter soda bottle. These traps have a battery powered light in the base of the bottle. The traps require changing batteries every several days and cleaning out the bugs. Photo: Kevin Ambrose

I started the stink bug season using homemade traps with battery powered lights. I placed them outside, around the house, and inside the attic. They worked fine, but changing the batteries and entering the attic every few days became a chore. I still use them, occasionally, but I prefer the light traps that plug into the wall and don’t need batteries.

A cutoff water bottle partially filled with soapy water is good for collecting stink bugs. Gently tapping a stink bug will cause it to fall into the bottle. This avoids handling the bugs and getting stinky fingers. It’s also a quick way to gather large numbers of bugs. I invert the cutoff top of the bottle into the base to act as a funnel. Photo: Brad Ambrose

Stink bugs establish entry points into a home that seem to attract other stink bugs. A stink bug entry point may be a window, door, or crack under the roof line. One window can have dozens of sink bugs while other windows are bug-free. Caulking, weather stripping, or taping stink bug entry points will help, but it is difficult to identify and seal all entry points.

Once stink bugs target a house for hibernation, it’s hard to get rid of them. The bugs return each season. Unfortunately, many of us will continue to battle stink bugs every year.

Well, if you cannot beat the stink bug, would you ever try to the eat the stink bug? I wouldn’t, but check out this video of Topper Shutt eating a stink bug taco (embedded below). Yuck! I think I’ll just flush them.