Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 250

Stink bugs invasion!

Every now and then in the evenings, just at the moment, here in America, I hear my other half utter words similar to ‘Oh, p*ss off you little b*gger,’ and ‘Argh, get out of my face!’ and ‘Where did you all come from?’

He is of course, talking the Stink Bug Talk. That is the kind of talk that the appearance of stink bugs generates, and right now it’s stink bug-tastic in Howard County. In fact, according to my other half most of them have congregated on our deck and are trying to stage a home invasion through our decking doors.

‘Tis true – it feels that way. You can be standing there minding your own British business and BAM! A stink bug flies into your hair, leg, or (worse) mouth. The little critters don’t care.

Smelly little b*gger

Smelly little b*gger

I confess I squished one ugly-bug whilst closing the decking doors just last night, and pooh! Yep, they earn their name. And did I feel a little bit bad? Um, a teeny tiny bit…… πŸ˜‰

And why are there so many of the little blighters around, crawling up my curtains and along my kitchen sink? Well, apparently the Stink Bug population ‘may be ready to explode’ – and right here in Columbia, Howard County we’re plonked right in the at the epicenter.


“We’re really expecting a bigger crop of stink bugs in the region coming into 2013,” Mike Raupp, entomologist at the University of Maryland, told WTOP. warns that the East Coast could take the brunt of the stink bug population explosion.

It's an East Coast invasion!

It’s an East Coast invasion!

Places with the perfect climate for these guys: Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Oh goody gumdrops (sarcasm).

“We’re right at the epicenter; we’re at the place where there are more stink bugs than anywhere else on the planet, as far as we can tell, right now,” Raupp told WTOP.

Sigh. I’m off to close the decking doors again…. πŸ˜‰

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4 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 250

  1. Graham says:

    If we’re going to find them, they’re generally in our bathroom. For some reason, that’s a common occurrence. They are very flat, so they can squeeze into any slight gaps they find, and in they come. Most disconcerting when you open the toilet lid to find one on the seat. They’re worse than any floater too, by the way, so you can try flushing them………but they’re the gift the keeps on giving!

  2. Andy says:

    Thank you for reminding of one of those things I used to hate when we lived in Virginia, I am very pleased to report we don’t get stink bugs in Colorado, no doubt due to the altitude or the wafting clouds of legalized marijuana smoke.

    We used to vacuum them up until we found they made the vacuum stink, then someone told us to gently (very gently) brush them into an empty sode can and just toss them in the recycling bin. Tedious but it worked.

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