Story: I’m at Vassar visiting Thomas, one of the best people in the universe. I first take a nap in his bf’s room, and then we go to his room (which he hasn’t slept in much, sadly, so it doesn’t smell like him…. we have a thing about smelling each other. It’s weird, I know, okay?) and I notice all of his pictures are over his roommate’s bed, and all of James’ pictures are over Thomas’ bed.
I ask why.
Apparently the first week of school James found a cockroach near his bed, so they switched. They have been finding stink bugs etc. in their bags and shit since.
So like, Yay for being all cuddly in Thomas’ bed, but like… boo about the bugs…
A new stink bug with attitude is heading toward Pennsylvania.
As if farmers and homeowners haven’t been bothered enough by the brown marmorated stink bug that landed in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, a smaller but equally pesky bug is making its march toward the state’s border, experts say.
The Megacopta cribraria, known as the kudzu bug, has an armor-like shell and a beak for ripping into plants and feeding on legumes, particularly soybeans.
They can swarm but not feed on other plants such as grapes, wheat and corn, according to researchers at North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science.
The kudzu bug, which has been detected in large numbers in the South, secretes a distinctive odor and can bite humans, causing a minor skin irritation or even a small welt, researchers said.
“They’re in three counties in Kentucky … and will hitchhike in [to Pennsylvania],” said Wayne Allan Gardner, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia. “They are right on your border.”
Like the marmorated stink bug, scientists believe the kudzu, which comes from Japan and the Korean peninsula, probably entered the United States near Atlanta in an international shipping container.
The oblong-shaped bugs, about a quarter-inch long with olive-green coloring and brown speckles, have been spotted as far north as Sussex County, Del., and four counties in Maryland.
John Tooker, a professor of entomology at Penn State University, has alerted Pennsylvania farmers to the threat.
“There are no reports (of kudzu bugs) in Pennsylvania yet,” he said. “But … everyone expects them to be here.”
The bugs, which are strong fliers, travel in large numbers and began tearing through Georgia four years ago, working their way to Florida, the Carolinas and into Maryland and Virginia.
The bug emits a distinctive odor.
A woman in Georgia called 911 because she smelled what she thought was a gas leak in her home, Gardner said. No leak was found, and rescue crews determined the smell was coming from a layer of kudzu bugs covering the screens in her windows and doors.
Researchers at the Department of Agriculture are trying to identify natural predators of the kudzu bugs to help reduce their numbers. Some scientists have isolated a gnat-sized wasp that they believe could be introduced into areas to combat the bugs.
Farmers in the South have had some success with insecticides, Gardner said. It’s been tougher going for homeowners.
“A lot of the insecticides for home use have a short window of activity,” he said. “You may kill the ones you have today, and tomorrow there will be hundreds more.”
DO YOU SEE THIS PLAGUE BEAST? THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN VALIANTLY BATTLING ALL DAY TODAY. THE HORDES OF THESE MONSTROSITIES CHOOSE THE PERFECT TIME TO STRIKE. WHEN I AM DEFENSELESS, RELAXING AND TRYING TO ENJOY MY SPRING BREAK. I HAVE NOW MADE A VOW TO SLAY ANY OF THESE BEASTS THAT I FIND.
Am I the only person on this planet who does not die at the sight of a spider?
I was just on my laptop, minding my own business, and then suddenly I see a spider right behind it. And I’m just sitting here watching as he scuttles along the wall. I think I freaked him out a bit cause I moved my pillow to see him.
I don’t want him on my bed, because then when I go to sleep I might squish him into the sheets or something, so I’m just mentally telling him to go in the other direction.
STINKBUGS HOWEVER ARE NOT OKAY.
The spider jumped away somewhere, the last I saw he was exploring my trashcan. So about 45 minutes later, I hear
And I almost fall off my bed. Cause sitting on the back of my laptop right now, RIGHT NOW, is a stink bug. He’s freaking gigantic and I know that any second now he’s gonna crawl around to the screen and I’m gonna run out of my room like a person who is wearing swim fins and their hair is on fire. It’s not gonna be pretty.
I’m terrified for my life. I don’t want to touch it but I want it to leave ;_;
DUDES HE’S SITTING ON THE TOP NOW AND HE’S STARING AT ME. HE’S STARING INTO MY SOUL.
HE’S CRAWLING ALONG THE TOP. HE’S GONNA FLY AT MY FACE IN LIKE A SECOND.