Stink bugs becoming problem for Kentuckiana residents


by Jacob Ryan

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 7:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A growing problem in Kentuckiana is growing in population.

Stink bugs, just over a half inch long, are becoming a big nuisance throughout the area. 

They don’t bite people, but they will bite crops and garden produce.  The worst part, they’re tough to get rid of.

Brett Partin, an exterminator with OPC Pest Control, said the pest industry is still learning about and becoming familiar with the bugs.

He said pest control companies are very limited in terms of what they can do for people.

“We have a stink bug program in place,” he said. “But it’s a stink bug reduction program, it’s not an elimination program.”

Janet Hill, co-owner of Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica, noticed the bugs for the first time this year.

“I had a few this spring,” she said.  “I did kill a few in the house.”

“You have to trap them and not spray them,” Hill said.

Pest experts said the bugs are originally from Asia and have, over time, came to be very common in North Eastern parts of the United States.

Partin recommends ensuring your screens are sealed, as well as small homes, so they won’t be able to get inside your home.

He said the bugs are currently migrating and will get inside in attempt to stay warm.