What is this bug? True bug? I've been finding a few in my house lately


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What is this bug? True bug? I've been finding a few in my house lately

It's winter, so I guess they're trying to stay warm.

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True bug? No.... stinkbug. Don't squish them or they stink.
 
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My guess that it's a cricket. If you step on it, does it make a crunching sound?
 
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I also vote for stink bug. They do make a crunch sound when you step on them but then there is the smell. Don't worry though. It's not like a skunk but it isn't a great smell if you're close enough to smell it.
 
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Yes, stink bug. Milder temps are bringing them out.
 
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Cricket? LOL

Brown Marmorated stink bug.

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It's amazing.... I live in northern NJ and see a few of them occasionally.
My sister lives in central NJ and has them everywhere. They line up around and in the window frames.
 
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Old 02-03-17, 04:08 PM
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Yes, stinkbug! I get a small dixie cup, push them in the cup (with another object) and toss them out the door! You can't really kill them without stinking up the place!
 
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I'm not always sure of which some of them are because they're similar, but we get box elder and stink bugs off and on during the winter too. But don't worry; they're not indicative of anything serious, unlike termites or carpenter ants, but just show up periodically. One day I will toss them outside in the cold, and the next day I'll just push the out of my way and move on. Nothing to worry about.
 
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Yes, use a cup, I made the mistake of scooping one up with my hands and I smelled for days. Didn't kill it, just scooped it up to take outside.
 
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Thanks everyone. Yes, I looked it up and it's a Brown Marm. strinkbug. Yes, I don't like killing things anyways, even bugs, so the last 3 I found I scooped into a cup and hold paper over top and then go outside and bang the cup to get them out.

I find bugs fascinating, but most of them creep me out also. One of these the other night was buzzing around in the dark of my bedroom and I jumped up frightened and kind of grossed out. I found two of them behind the head of my bed on the window sill. I quickly scooped them up and threw them outside. I couldn't sleep knowing those things are buzzing around me! Gross.

The funny thing is I always find them near the windows also. Maybe I should check more often the window sills!

Another thing we get in the house that grosses me out are yellow sac spiders! I'm always finding those things and they gross me out too, so I scoop those in a cup and throw em out also.
 
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Don't feel bad about killing stink bugs. They are an invasive species that recently snuck in from Asia. They have no natural predators here so they have spread like wildfire.
 
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I spray them when I see them, as stated before - don't squish them! In the winter I often find them under a bucket [by the dozens] in my shop. They are just looking for a place to stay warm.
 
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I pick them up with a tissue and flush them. If you don't kill them you are just inviting them to return.
 
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Old 02-05-17, 10:29 AM
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The stink bugs that we are seeing now are the ones that came in last fall to overwinter. A burst of warm weather or sunshine will stimulate them to think that itís time to come out and leave the overwintering space. Thatís what we are seeing.

WE get them now and then in the master bedroom. I have a vitamin pill bottle that Iíve treated the interior of with a crawling insect spray and let it dry before recapping. Then as I see a stink bug I scoop them into the bottle and close cap. They die quickly with no odor. I empty it after 6-10 bugs and refresh the insecticide.
 
 

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