Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Anchored by Melissa Bell  |  About  |  Get Updates:  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  RSS Feeds RSS Feed

Stink bugs to bed bugs: It's been a creepy, crawly year


From cicadas to Asian long-horned beetles, insects have had a way of creeping into headlines this year. The U.S. have been visited by the nefarious bed bug this summer, so much so that the 2010 North American Bed Bug Summit has been called to order in Chicago. And the dreaded stink bug has been raising a ruckus, as well. The Post's Adrian Higgins advises liberal use of caulk as a way to keep unwanted bugs from intruding on your stoop. But despite the best precautions, they still manage to slip inside somehow. Take for instance, the multi-legged beauty in the above photograph. It dropped by for a visit to my bathroom the other day. I named him Gams.

I know you've got photos of your favorite home intruders, from stink bugs to silverfish. Send them our way here so we can all commiserate on the unwanted guests.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  The Daily Catch  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: 'Sesame Street' singers who made it on the show (sorry, Katy Perry)
Next: Teresa Lewis's execution and the reaction to women on death row


The stink bugs in Jefferson County, WV are the worst ever this year! It is truly like a plague - they are everywhere in our homes, in our cars in the hundreds (yes!), in our clothing WHILE WE'RE WEARING THEM. It is truly horrible. I hope and pray that someone, somewhere, can find a solution for this.

If anyone else having a stink bug crisis, I found this website helpful:

Posted by: graciegirl1 | September 23, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I remember my mom telling me "Don't let the bedbugs bite", and I always thought they were myths - like that monster in my closet.
Then a couple of years ago I got them - took me weeks to figure out what was going on.
Then I got them again! The first time was moving into an apartment, the second after an overseas trip. They hard to spot, and harder to get rid of.
Afterwards I started a blog on my experience, and the best product I found that gave me the knowledge and plan to get rid of them.

Posted by: JonRPatrick | September 23, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for the annual invasion of the Asian Ladybugs. They will come. They always do.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 24, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry the stink-bugs will soon be gone. the Democrat Congressmen will be headed home to try to salvage something by 2 Nov.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | September 24, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry the stink-bugs will soon be gone. the Democrat Congressmen will be headed home to try to salvage something by 2 Nov.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | September 24, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I've been swatting the ones I find hanging around my house with a broom, knocking them to the ground, then shooting them like a hockey puck up against the house. AFter a few slap shots, thats one less stink bug i have to worry about. The ones who get into the house are being grabbed (with a napkin) and forced to spend the resst of its stinky, worthless life in an empty soda bottle with the others I've collected. I'm just hoping I won't violate any recycling laws when I deposit my plastic coffin full of stink bugs.

Posted by: GaryRosenthal | September 24, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

There is a man by the name of Bill Campbell who claims to have a solution on how to get rid of these stink bugs. It was given to him by a neighbor and it worked, however he wants to sell it to you for $49.99, now if anyone has the solution to this problem why would they sell it especially since it was given to him!!!!

Posted by: jimhwoodworking | September 25, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

So you put a harmless, and useful, house centipede up as one of your oh-so-scary bugs? Hello! They eat COCKROACHES. They eat all kinds of other bugs--in other words, they are the good guys. And now you just scared the bejesus out of people who will now equate this insect with bed bugs. Sheesh. Jerk.

Posted by: LiberalTarian | September 25, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

So what kind of bug is that in the blog post picture?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 28, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company