A stinky pest returns to West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A little brown bug with an awful smell has reappeared in many West Michigan homes and businesses. The 'stink bug' is a small, brown, flying insect with a shield-like appearance to its back.

They're not a threat to humans -- other than being a nuisance -- and they don't move very quickly. This makes it tempting to squish them with a paper towel to get rid of them. But when you kill them this way, they give off an awful odor.

Therefore, experts say it's best to kill them with a can of insect killer, such as the kind you can buy at most hardware and gardening stores. You can also try calling an exterminator.

Anthony Sczesny, owner of A-1 Pest Control in Grand Rapids says it's best to kill them on sight as they will not pick up residual pesticide. "It's best to treat them say at 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon when they're out and active," says Sczesny. "They come out and they usually sunbathe, so they'll be on the side of the house that's facing the sun. You really have to treat them when they're active and moving."

The stink bug does eat plants and fruit, so as their population increases, they could become a problem for Michigan farmers and gardeners.

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  • Truth-fairy

    Stink bugs have been around for a very long time, They originally came into the midwest on loads of fruit.
    They travel in pairs..If you see one, you will see another in the area.
    Just count yourselves lucky you are just getting them now.
    Diatomaceous earth (food grade) available at health food stores..dusted around doors and windows will kill them by cutting up their skeletons if they get it under their bodies-
    Beware if you have pets, Keep them away from the area dusted.
    Hope this helps.