The Brits started it with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  Will Smith fought back against the onslaught of aliens. The great zombie apocalypse terrorized Americans. Heck, even the Japanese invaded with their manga and anime. Yet,  none of these could hold a candle to the great invasion of the stink bug.

Over the past few years I have fought the good fight but I think it’s time to just surrender. I’ve tried almost every remedy I’ve come across…

  1. Spraying windows with a soap/water/vinegar mixture. Um, yeah decent for stink bugs but only if you don’t plan on looking out of them any time soon.
  2. Flushing them. Yep, go ahead, triple your water bill.
  3. The 2-liter trapper contraption. All I’ve trapped is my time.
  4. “Gently” shoo them out. Aannddd…they come right back.

I (or others-ahem, sorry Budge) have found these dang things everywhere:

  • Sleeves of my bathrobe. Nothing says fresh out of the shower like a surprise bug.
  • My toothbrush. Yep. My. Toothbrush.
  • In a cup of ice, mistakingly chomped on {again, sorry Budge}. (Secretly glad it wasn’t me…)
  • Jumped on my face in the shower. This honor was previously held by all the spiders in the world. Lucky me.
  • I’ve even fished these out of the mouths of both children and dogs.

Now, you’d think any one of those things would have driven me over the edge. Thrown in the towel and caused me to wave the white flag. Nope, surrender wasn’t in my plans. Not until this…

I was sweetly cuddling Tiny before bed. We were working our way through a simple picture book. You know the one, horse, duck, cow… Then we came to this.


Bee, right?!?

Tiny: Stink bug.

Me: No honey, that’s a bee. You know, bzzzz. 

Tiny: Nope. Stink bug. Shew weee. 

That’s it. They have taken over the minds of our tiny humans. Check mate. I surrender.

Stink Bug

~ Leanne

Diary of an imperfect mum
A Cornish Mum

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  1. April 28, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    OMG what a horrible thing. I am certainly not an insect lover and would be horrified to find anything like that in my robe or indeed my toothbrush. Hope you can banish them. I have never heard of one before reading this post!?! But it doesnt look nice. TY for linking up to #FamilyFun ?

    • Leanne
      April 30, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      That’s funny- I just assumed they are over most of America. I guess perhaps just the Midwest…? They don’t “technically” harm anything (other than my sanity!). Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Myrna Ward
    April 29, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I have had an invasion too and thank heavens fewer are getting in the house. I’ve wondered if any other states besides Kentucky and Ohio have been affected. Sorry Budge, but It was hysterical when you “ate” one.

    • Leanne
      April 30, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Lol! They are so gross! Thanks for reading!

  3. May 3, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Oh no!! Not jumping on you! How creepy crawlish of the pesky things. I know what these are as they feature in a book Little Buttons likes and she howls with laughter at the word ‘stink bug’. Good luck with finding a way to zapp them away. #familyfun

  4. May 4, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Ew – I hate all insects! I don’t actually know what these are, not sure if they are something we don’t have in Britain or, based on what you say about where they’ll turn up, I’m wondering if they’re what I would call a storm fly. Either way, sound very annoying! #picknmix

  5. May 5, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Urghh I do not like bugs!! A house we lived in a while back would get slugs on through one of the old wooden patio doors whether it rained. I put loads of salt down outside which soon stopped it! Thanks for linking to #picknmix

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