Thursday, September 26, 2013

what I have been smelling these days

Not a perfume, not the beautiful plants at the nursery where I work, and not garden produce.....

Last year was the first year we had them in our home.  There were a few, here and there.  

But this year!?

THERE ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!!!

They don't bite, as of my last research, they don't spread disease.  But when you scare or crush them, they stink. It is actually not a bad stink, but an annoying one. Fortunately, the Moth cannot smell them, but he is obsessed with killing them.  

You know what is also a bad smell?  The underside of the liquid soap dispenser.

21 comments:

  1. Eugh! Lucky The Moth...the underside of the washing up bowl can be a bit unsavoury too. And don't get me started on dead flower water... ;-)

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    1. Hey Bonks - Eugh is right! I heard from a friend on FB this morning that mint oil keeps them at bay, so I'm going to try that. And those other two smelling things - blerg!

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    2. Vanessa, Americans won't get your "underside of the washing up bowl" reference. It's a peculiarly British thing: instead of washing dishes in the kitchen sink, you guys fill a plastic bowl with suds and do the dishes in that. And the bottom of the bowl (which is placed in the kitchen sink, by the way), gets all slimey and black and scummy on the bottom. Just one of "Limeys' little ways"...

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    3. yep, just like the bottom of a liquid soap dispenser, minus the overwhelming food stink!

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  2. We had one in the basement once and I went downstairs to get to the garage to leave for work and I was afraid to open the door because I thought there was a skunk in the garage. I went around to the front door and opened the garage from outside and ran. There was no skunk. I felt like a fool until I found the source of the stink. I think the dogs frighten them outside sometimes because every now and then I smell them. Stan ate a ladybug once and they aren't exactly breath fresheners either.

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    1. Hey Poodle: They drive me batty! I hope the dogs keep them from inside your house. And I never thought about dog-ladybug-breath before!

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  3. I'm lucky: I don't know how this thing smells but I'm sure I wouldn't like it.
    You should wear something nice to distract yourself.

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    1. You are!! We're spraying mint oil everywhere as they supposedly don't like the smell of mint. The house smells nice now!

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  4. BF, you didn't specify the stink bugs particular smell: they smell like cilantro (or as the Brits call it, coriander)! The smell really isn't as ugly as the bugs...

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    1. Hey Katie: You're right - there is a cilantro-y scent about them, but with something murky hidden underneath. Hahaa, yeah, the bugs themselves are uglier than their annoying smell!

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  5. Different types of stink bugs have different stinks. We have two types here (as well as the tiny little bastard that I got in my mouth a couple of months back) and they smell distinctly different. Both revolting, but different. I'd *like* one that smelt of cilantro!

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  6. What is it with pests this year? No stink bugs here, but we are overrun with moths (and not the nice kind you have at your house, not the capital M Moth!).

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    1. Howdie Nat: Yeah, what IS it with pests? We had a ground bee hive in our basement!!!

      ;) The Moth is good at pest control - he gets totally obsessed!

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  7. Hi Carol! I'm thinking we must have these in our neck of the woods, since I'm only one state over from you, but I've never encountered one. I actually love the smell of cilantro, but if they smell like that and something funkier or skunk-like, then yuck ... hope I never discover them.

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    1. Thank goodness, Suzanne, you haven't gotten the infestation yet! They are such a pain in the butt.

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  8. Hey, the HuffPost even posted about them! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/stink-bugs-rise-us_n_4044306.html

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  9. Our offices (in a beautiful, charming, clean, historic building) are infested. They seem to fall to the floor at regular intervals, just when you are having a sensitive conversation. I don't mean they expire--they just....fall. I *hear* them. Isn't it bad enough that they smell? Must I be interrupted by the little rustle and ping of their dubious stink-bug activities, too?

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    1. Hey Cheryl! 'rustle and ping' - that is it exactly!! Drives us nuts. But fortunately, maybe because of the colder weather, we haven't seen any for a week or two. Pheww!

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  10. Hey Carol! Thanks for visiting my blog.I'm glad you like my studio. Unfortunately, it is infested with those nasty little stink bugs. I had never seen one. Then one year saw a couple. The next year saw more, and now they are just EVERYWHERE! I can't stand them. They fly around and around my light. They crawl into the folds of my curtains to keep warm and hibernate. One day, after noticing they were returning inside for the winter, I found literally, over 20 of the little buggers in my dark curtains. They are lucky they stink or I would find a way to make them into art! Ugh! PLEASE let us know if you find something that works. xoxo Rhonda...

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    1. Hello Rhonda!! So nice to see you here. Yes, we did find something that helped. The mint oil spray really helped. We also bought a bunch of masking tape to tape around the windows, but either the mint oil or the weather (it has gotten much colder recently) did the trick as we haven't seen any for a couple of weeks. Oh I know, re: the curtains!! Ack - we found a ton in them! And in our bedding, too. II also found some in my pile of knitted caps for sale! Thank goodness I checked them for stink bugs before I put them out at the Market. I wish you luck in getting rid of them.

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