We came home from church on Sunday to a home invasion of stink bugs. They were all over our windows and squeezing through the tiniest openings in our screens. Kathryn doesn't see well enough to spot them and sat in the middle of her room screaming as the drone of the stink bug wings flew past her head. At first we took a bucket of water with bleach in it and picked up the stink bugs one by one to drop them to their death into the water. We worked for hours and decided to call an exterminator.
I chose Botetourt Pest Control (phone number 473-BUGS) and with a non-toxic solution of bug spray we woke up to a bug-free home this morning. The solution used to get rid of the pests is aspirin-based and we were assured it was harmless and odorless. It was true, and rather than picking up the dead bugs I found a website recommending vacuuming up the bugs. If they are squeezed and the odor from their body escapes, it is like a beacon to the stink bugs outdoors to "come on in!" Once they are vacuumed, I would recommend emptying the vacuum cleaner outside immediately. Some of them survive and getting them out of the vacuum will keep the smell down in the house the next time the vacuum is used.
One never knows when a nasty invasion of bugs, thoughts, attitudes, or negative reactions will strike. Use Botetourt Pest control for the bugs, and Philippians 4:8 for the harder to kill "pests."