Inventors Develop Stink Bug Solutions

By Mary Robb Jackson

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Stink bugs have been bugging us since they invaded our area in the 1990’s.

There really has been no effective way of making them go away until now.

Brett Satterfield at Rollier’s Hardware in Mt. Lebanon says RESCUE! is known for making effective bug traps.

“They will have one for stink bugs coming out in a couple of months and it’s going to retail for $19.99,” he said.

Inventors are touting their stink bug traps online.

Post-Gazette columnist Doug Oster says that outdoor trap is pheromone based.

“Meaning it’s a sex lure trap,” he said. It’s supposedly irresistible within a range of 20-feet.

“It’s going to attract these stink bugs in there and they’re not going to be able to get out,” Oster said.

But what about trapping the ones already inside?

Andrew Strube, who hails from Lancaster County, used to work on airplanes. He’s still working on flying objects, developing a stink bug trap.

“Months of different testing and tried different adhesives and different scents,” he said.

“The Strube” is being marketed on the internet. There’s obviously money to be made, but will they work?

“As long as the pest is out there and becoming a pest for a lot of people I think these traps are gonna be a big seller,” he said.

Bill Todaro of the Allegheny Health Department says Mother Nature may also intervene. Other insects and some birds are already developing a taste for stink bugs.

“Eventually, in a few year’s time they will come into balance and they won’t be so much of a nuisance,” he said.

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  • pat pappas

    i am dissapointed in your coverage of stink bugs my house is infested you gave no remedy to get rid of them other than dispose of them on a one on one basis they been here since the fall survived all winter i get them at least 5 to 10 a day my house smells like them. I waited for over an hr for your non remedy you said new at 5 it was 6 before you covered them. websites bragg of cures for inside for a fee of 40.00 i can not afford this, they wont even give you any information. i need help not an outside trap in 2 months

  • dansuxs

    This story is a bunch of sweeps week sensational journalism non-news cra p!

  • Boots Alexander

    If you mix water with blue dawn dish soap and a little bit of alcohol (be sure that it is blue and made by Dawn); add more soap than water. This will not kill them on contact, but it will kill them. My house was infested with them and I used this and it worked perfectly. Within minutes I had most of the the bugs killed.

  • Gladys Benderhoff from Sewickley

    Im told if you wear a necklace made of garlic that they wont come near you. Is this true?

    • cj

      that’s vampires gladys.

  • Simple Simon

    I suggest you gather up as many stink bugs you can and bake them in a pie. After that when stink bugs come near your window and see you eating said pie they will move on to your neighbors.

  • Stinky

    I hate, hate, hate when you promise a story and I have to sit for over and hour just to see 45 seconds of it. Your news is way too long anyway. You are constantly repeating yourselves. Your handling of the news stinks worse than the bugs.

  • Sarah

    I had at least 100 in my house last night! I would kill for 5-10! We are starting to try anything we can! I am desperate!

  • HK

    We did not even venture up to the attic to bring down our Christmas stuff because when our neighbor pulled their steps down the stink bugs just rained down out of the attic!!! THESE THINGS ARE SO YUCKY!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Thankfully I’ve only had two in my house in years…but both were this month….

  • esplanade ezira

    We packed a couple of folding canvas chairs that had been in the garage and took them with us on a fall vacation to Hilton Head. When we took the chairs out of their bags about a dozen stink bugs fell out onto the sand. The sea gulls went wild gobbling them up! Either the gulls can’t smell or ate them whole but eat them they did. Had a hell of a time catching gulls to bring them back to the ‘burg, tho…

    • Cindy

      i was just imagining what the feces of those seagulls must smell like. LOL

  • Ahaha

    I believe that stink bugs are aliens coming to take over our world. Aha

  • Drew

    I want to agree with most people here whoever is senior producer for the newscast needs to stop lying. They say coming up at 5 were gonna show you whatever it is they are promoting then it ends up being the last story you show just to keep people watching its very misleading and I end up turning the tv off and watching it online later if you promise something at 5 show it shortly there after the important news and weather. Thank you Hope to see a change in the way you broadcast before I switch to WTAE who doesnt do that.

    • Dan

      Agree. KDKA is getting out of hand withy these “specisl” stories at 5. And all they do during the news cast is repeat the same stories over and over. Time to switch statiopns.

  • Mary Toboggan

    When my day gets ruined because I have to wait an hour to learn how to get rid of stink bugs pleas kick me in the balls

  • Big Daddy Dave

    What most people fail to realize is that when a topic is said to be on at five, it is referring to “KDKA News at 5” and the lure is to get you to watch the entire program and all its advertisers till a 30 to 60 second segment is aired. All the local stations do this to obtain viewer ratings. So either record it or wait to see it online later. My remedy for getting rid of stink bugs indoors is to make a 50/50 solution of Dawn dish detergent and water in a spray bottle and zap them on at a time. not only does it kill them, but also prevents them from dispersing their stink which attracts more bugs.

    • MaryMo

      I don’t even watch the news on TV. I’ll hear a spot for a seemingly good story on the radio on my way home from work. Then turn on the news and at every commercial break they say the big story is “coming up.” Of course you have to sit through every murder, every robbery, every animal cruelty story (why does so much of this go on here?) before you see the 15 seconds of a not-so-good story you thought you had to see. Lame.

  • Lek

    Today I went out to our sunroom and there were about 30 of them on the ceiling. The nice weather I guess. I hate them. My sister in Florida hasn’t had any.

  • Hamilton

    lol. who cares if your sister in Florida has any.

  • Puppysmurf

    The dawn does work but for the ones walking around on my ceiling that I can’t reach I came up with a solution. I took an old dust mop – covered it with a plastic bag and then wrapped that in cheap tape (sticky side out). When I see them I just poke them with the mop and they are stuck. In the fall I put on the porch light at night and grabbed the ones trying to get in house. Would get about 100 a night. When tape full just pitch it and get new stuff.

  • emmet ray

    one of the best ways is to use a pistola and shoot them point blank

  • lolz

    Now THAT’S funny right there! :)

  • Duckdaddy

    I have posted this before but, go to home depot and for around 10 dollars buy “ortho home defense” it comes in its own sprayer then open your windows and spray as much of the house that yoi can from each one. Then spray around the inside of each window and door. I did that in the middle of the summer last year and for the next 2 weeks there were about 50 dead stink bugs around my windows every day.

    • Chad Whelpley

      Ortho Home Defense is not labeled for indoor use and I do not recommend just opening the windows to spray wherever you want. Get a product labeled as an indoor spray containing Deltamethrin or Cypermethrin.

    • Diane

      I saw an inside spray…Iv’e been using raid flying insect spray for indoor use and it works too, seeing a lot of dead ones where I sprayed.

  • Lauri

    I can tell you I only wish I was catching 5 to 10 stink bugs a day. Try 50 to 70 a day. I have tried everything. I tried the dawn liquid it took 20 sprays per bug. Last September I burned up my vacuum motor catching the bugs. My husband and I truly caught TWO TO THREE THOUSAND BUGS IN OUR HOME! This morning I woke up to find a stink bug sharing my pillow. At this point I hope spring and summer never come. I want the below zero temps back. I am ready to burn my house and rebuild or move to Alaska. I also read that people have said they never saw baby stink bugs, well I have them too. I have bugs from the size of the nail on my pinky finger to almost the size of a teaspoon. I need help for inside NOW ! ! !

    • RP

      I too tried the Dawn trick. Not only did it not work very well, it leaves a soapy mess! Last fall I happened to be cleaning my walls with a solution of 1/4 cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap and a gallon of water when I came across 30-40 around my living room window. I scooped them up with a cloth and dropped them in the bucket of Murphy’s solution and they were dead within 15-30 seconds. As I have been seeing more of then in the past few days I now have a bucket of the solution ready for when I spot any.

  • stinky jones

    Murphys Romace is my fave movie ever

  • stink bug hater

    dont be lured to the newest product.It is just like the bags to lure beetles! If you want more bug then buy the product the bettle bags brought more beetles then you can handle the scent attracts more Oh and the added new chore you will have empyting the darn thing! YUCK…. dont waste your money

    • Chad Whelpley

      Beetle bags do not lure more beetles. Each trap covers less than a 1/4 acre. The traps should be placed away from the plants that are being attacked not hung on the tree.

      • stink bug hater

        Chad oh yes they do I know from experience,the scent makes them travel to the bag in droves thats what the new product will do you can buy one and have a field day with the pesty bugs!

      • stink bug hater

        P.S. I no longer have the beetle bags in my yard for that reason and wont have the traps either. One question for you do you have stock in the new product?

  • MaryMo

    I luckily only get a few stink bugs a week in my apartment. I know there are people that try to vacuum them up, but if you leave them in there too long, they will make the vacuum smell. Maybe try to get one of those small, cheap handheld vacuums just for stinkbugs.

    Last year they also showed you ways to patch up older homes that are probably getting bugs through old windows and such, Google that stuff to find out the tips.

    In a way I feel bad we want to kill these things. They are annoying but they are a creature that deserves to be on the planet too. We have become so use to living a life of luxury and we see even one ant and we are going out to buy things to kill them with. Sad.

    • Chad Whelpley


      We need to get the stink bugs under control. They are not a native species to this area and are starting to destroy crops. It is our fault for importing them, but they can’t be allowed to infest our region.

  • Bugeater

    Sting bugs are an excellent source of protein.

    Mmmmmmmmm. Delicious.

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