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Stink Bugs Are Back But They're Not Actually as Bad as You Think

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 03:17 PM

As the weather turns cooler, residents throughout the nation are battling a familiar fall pest: stink bugs.

While it may seem like they're everywhere, the stink bug numbers are down this year, according to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

"We're seeing suppressed numbers this year," Bob Androw, scientific preparator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told the station. "They kind of got the double whammy. They got the super cold winter and they got a cool, wet summer, and that, I think, combined, helped (to) reduce the numbers."

Still, residents are grossed out by the bugs, and news outlets and Internet sites are offering tips on how to fight the pests.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a harmless to humans but can cause damage to agriculture and are a nuisance to homeowners. They are an invasive species, that arrived in the United States from Asia. In warm weather, they often gather on sides of buildings and enter homes for shelter when the weather starts to cool.

To prevent stink bugs, the National Pest Management Association urges people to seal cracks around windows, doors, pipes and other places; replace damaged screens; and replace outdoor lighting with yellow lights. Use a vacuum to get rid of the bugs, and discard the bag to eliminate the smell.

Twitter users griped about the bugs.











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