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Stink Bugs Becoming Pests in Lynchburg

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Reporter: Jeremy Mills

Lynchburg, VA - Some are calling it a growing infestation.  You've probably noticed the increase in stink bugs.

Area experts say we can expect to see more and more of them because they are breeding out of control.  And it's only going to get worse.

The real trick is finding a way to get rid of them.

Stink bugs seem to be showing up everywhere even invading our interviews.

And you better get used to it, entomologists say these insects are here to stay.

"There is nothing we can do about the stink bugs," said Lynchburg College Entomologist John Styrsky, PhD.

They arrived in the U.S. from China in the early 90's and continue to flourish.

"They're just a nuisance, they're just a pain in the neck to deal with," said Joe Pond of the Hill City Master Gardeners.

This time of year, stink bugs are trying to find ways inside your home.

"They are just looking for a place over winter, to stay safe and warm," said Lynchburg Extension Agent Kevin Camm.

"The best thing you can do is try to prevent them from actually getting into your house in the first place," said Styrsky.

After you see them inside, it's too late.

"Once they are in, they are in," said Camm.

Insecticides will kill stink bugs but their bodies are left behind and can serve as food for other pests.

Your best weapon is your vacuum.

"If you have a vacuum cleaner, vacuum them up. That's the safest way, if they are dead or alive, all you have to do is go around your house and vacuum them up," said Camm.

"If possible, have a vacuum cleaner dedicated to stink bugs because once you suck them up, the vacuum stinks," said Pond.

Chances are, you may be needing a stink bug vacuum for many years to come because all indications show more bugs are on the way.

"The population size is going to continue to increase because there is no natural kind of check on their populations other than the weather," said Styrsky.

Believe or not, stink bugs do have one natural predator.  They are a favorite snack for chickens. But that won't keep them out of your house, without a series of other problems.

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