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From: Dana Hart
Albion, IL
I received a call from a local resident that is still seeing a lot of stink bugs on her plants, and sometimes in her house. She is wanting to know how to control or eliminate them. She said this had been a particularly heavy year for seeing the stink bugs.

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Stink bugs like boxelder bugs normally find winter homes outdoors in leaf litter or other kinds of organic matter at the base of plants or perhaps in cracks and crevices of out buildings and even our homes. Finding them outdoors now suggests they got caught by the weather before being able to find a suitable winter home. They would be in a dormant state if not froze and dead. If they managed to get into the wall cavity of the home they will migrate towards the heat and emerge indoors. Indoors there is not a food source and become a nuisance pest. Do nothing and they will die. Vacuuming and using paper toweling when found is the most common control. Expect to see more as spring arrives and they warm up.

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