Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Time--I Promise!?

I know, I know, I'm sounding like a broken record with my constant and never-ending posts about my nemesis, the dreaded brown marmarated stink bug.  Tonight however, I went to a whole new level when I attended a 'stink bug lecture' given by our congressman, Frank Wolf. Two experts spoke about the ongoing research and damage (30+ million dollars to apple growers alone) they've caused to agricultural crops in the mid-Atlantic region.   

Interesting at least to me, is that the Virginia grape growers face the prospect of harvesting the bugs along with the cabernet and chardonnay and putting them through the crusher – and then the risk of stink bug aroma is in what had been a fine wine -- It takes as little as 5 stink bugs in one ton of grapes to have this occur.

~Left to right, Hamlet, Josh, Sheba & Sam~
They have no 'natural' predator in the States so there is no 'silver bullet' that will kill them.  If you think you've sprayed something on one and killed it, you may not have, it can fully recover in as much as 7 days.  Remind me to check the ones I thought were dead.

By mid September, we will have 2 more generations of them.  By mid September, I may be posting from a padded room, that hopefully is stink-bug free...

Okay, I'm done now, I won't bring them up again.  At least I'll try not too.  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Sorry I wasn't able to stop by your blogs today, but I'll make time to see what you're up to on Tuesday!
~Left to right: Toby, Sheba & Rudi~


  1. Woof! Woof! That's alright ... we are interested about knowing more about this stinky bug. We were notified that it is coming to our town (hoping NOT). Golden Thanks for the info and if we have ? will sure ask you. LOVE to see the Golden Pine Gang ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. Then I guess you wouldn't want one of these for your collection?

    A woman in the York area came up with this one!

  3. kim that is interesting! i had no clue they were detrimental to crops...i too have them all over the house. i don't kill them since i don't want the stink but gently wrap them up and ping them off the wrap as they like to stick and not leave...are they harmful to other crops? i guess i better start to research. i don't see them much down at the barn which is strange. but a few have made their way into the tack room but nothing like the house...they die and i find them hiding under a railing or a hidden area...yuck!

  4. oh, i think you need to train those precious pooches to erradicate those stink bugs! sadly, though, they'd probably smush them and that wouldn't be pretty.

    wow. 5 stink bugs to a ton of grapes and it's ruined!? they might rival the cockroach!

  5. WOW~! stink bugs are that vicious~! That I didn't know.. I just know that you don't want to smash one with you hand.. P-UUUU~!.
    We have plenty of them here in Iowa. Great pictures of the dogs.. They are so sweet looking .
    Have a Tiggeriffic Day and thanks for the tip on those stinky bugs..
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  6. Maybe they could do what they do with mosquitoes (?) --- release sterile ones so they can mate without creating more stinkbugs. Good luck!

  7. OMG! You have the most delightful way of complaining. ;-) On the other hand, those suckers really do sound like a plight! PLEASE keep us posted...

    Oh my! That Sheba is a beauty!!!

  8. That is a serious problem. I don't blame you for writing about it. The grape thing has to be so discouraging to the growers.

    Great photo of the dogs.

  9. Those stink bugs must be really stinky as hell & I can't believe for such tiny fellas, they can cause so much damage to crops!

  10. Just reading this made me get chill bumps all over - they are as bad or worse than the stinkin' ladybugs (who don't smell very ladylike). I think it's too cold for them here in the mountains - at least I hope so.

  11. I had not heard this bug invasion! I hope they find a way to get rid of it soon.I love the picture of the dogs on the porch!

  12. Great deck photos of the dogs. I love Sheba's head tilt!

    Yes, you've reached a whole new level - now you're attending lectures about stink bugs! Have you prepared the padded room? I bet that the dogs would love it. They could bounce off the walls as they play!

    Seriously, I hope that your stink bug problem stays under control.

  13. Stink bugs in cabernet? OK, now I'm just as mad as you are about the little stinkers!!!
    Looks like the pups are on "Stink Bug" alert!
    Hugs an belly rubs,

  14. Sounds like the wascally asian lady beetles we have in summer. No known enemies and the birds will not eat them.

    Good luck on getting your stinky bugs eradicated. Blech!

  15. You guys are looking good. I did not know that some jails have white bars. I thought all jail bars were black.

    Mogley G. Retriever

  16. Got as far as your Congressman gave a lecture on stink bugs. Couldn't concenrate on the rest of the post.

  17. Noooooo! You must continue to blog about the dreaded stink bugs now and then as they are very much a part of Golden Pines. ;)

    The dogs look so cute! Have a good one!


  18. Kim,
    I think it's fascinating; NOT that you have them but because I'd never heard of them before. I mean, I have but not their extreme and harsh infestation. UGH...write as often as you need to voice your frustration!

    I love that last picture of the dogs...oh my, how sweet! It makes me want to go home and hug Hurricane!

  19. I say it's your blog and you can write about stink bugs all you like - I'll keep coming back for your humour and warmth and interesting stories, with or without stink bugs! (And, personally, I find the stink bug stories fascinating in a creepy, grossed-out kind of way...)

  20. Congressmen and stink bugs? Are they not one and the same?

  21. All bugs=ick in my books!!! Smelly ones just make it that much worse. I don't think we have them in Canada or if we do, they don't seem to causing nearly as much trouble as down your way!

    I love Sheba in these photos!

  22. I've gotten an education from you. I didn't realize they were such a problem.

    I need a count. I've lost track of how many pooches you share your home with. Some have come and others have gone and I haven't kept track of the total.

  23. H Kim,
    We have stink bugs too!! I hate them too!!! We take a pair if pliers to them! We keep a pair just for them. It smells bad but that is OK b/c we killed them!! They do a lot of garden damage so if we find one he gets dead real fast!!
    xx, Fern

  24. What a great blog i found !!! love your dogs ...i come back soon !! i follow you now...happy Ria....

  25. I hope I don't find those bugs!

    My name is Oskar & I have a blog that I'd love for you to check out, It's a great place for pet bloggers to find each other and get some exposure!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  26. Ugh, now I'm wondering what other critters get in my wine! The dogs look like they're saying, "Kepp them away from us!"

  27. Stink bugs sound gross. Love seeing pictures of the gang. Where are the Chub brothers? Laying around licking each other I suppose!!

  28. Jeepers
    this stink bug problem is a HUGE issue......
    what can we do?? Your trying everything!~

  29. Any room in that padded room for me? These bugs are driving me CRAZY!!! :(



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