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Got a Stink Bug problem? Thanks to RESCUE!, there's a trap for that!

(tap, tap, tap) Is this thing on?

Just checking the microphone and sound system since we haven't broadcast anything here in a while.

We're back... with big news. Many of you have asked us about a solution for stink bugs. Since last September, they've received major media attention when their numbers exploded in the U.S. The stink bug has been called a "terrorist bug" by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and its spread was deemed a "national crisis" in a letter written by Bartlett and 14 other members of Congress.

SBTR_StinkBugTrap Just five months later, a solution has emerged: the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap from Sterling International.

(So, does this mean that we can say "RESCUE! solves national crisis"? I like the sound of that headline!)

Stink Bugs damage fruit, vegetables and farm crops -- but when they invade the indoors in colder weather, they really raise a stink. With no natural predators, stink bugs have been discovered in 30 states to this point. Michigan was added to the list last week.

Available for shipments in July 2011, the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap works outdoors to catch adult stink bugs before they enter homes, as well as the younger generations that damage gardens and fruit trees. The trap lures multiple species of stink bugs with pheromone attractants that are odor-free to humans.

The reusable trap comes with a 2-week attractant supply and is expected to be priced at $19.99 retail. A 7-week attractant refill will be sold separately for $9.99 retail.

StinkBugTrap Testing of the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap was conducted at the USDA's 800-acre facility in Beltsville, MD. Sterling designed both the trap and the controlled-release technology for the pheromone. Though difficult and expensive to produce, the pheromones will be manufactured in-house thanks to Sterling's expertise in chemical synthesis.

Established in 1982, Sterling International, Inc. sells its RESCUE! traps and attractants for wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, flies, Japanese beetles and Oriental beetles through home improvement centers, hardware stores and lawn & garden retailers throughout the U.S. and beyond. The traps are manufactured in the USA at Sterling's headquarters in Spokane, Washington.

February 7, 2011 in Bugs in the news, New RESCUE! Products, Stink Bugs | Permalink


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If it's as good as your wasp trap, it will be a godsend to mankind, especially in my neck of the (stinkbug infested) woods! :)

Posted by: Dee | Feb 7, 2011 11:42:30 AM

Dee, thanks for the compliment about our wasp trap and the vote of confidence for the new stink bug trap. We're glad to have a solution for this problem affecting so many!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 7, 2011 2:40:15 PM

WONDERFUL NEWS! We would welcome any solution since we have had an infestation problem for 4-5 years!!

Posted by: Bon | Feb 7, 2011 7:29:31 PM

where do i get these traps

Posted by: barbara | Feb 9, 2011 11:18:49 AM

Stink bugs are already causing a problem now and we can't wait till July 2011 to test out the "TRAP"

Posted by: stinker | Feb 11, 2011 3:13:39 AM

Be very cautious of traps of this sort. I’m an entomologist, and there are data to suggest that pheromone traps like this one may actually attract brown marmorated stink bugs onto your property that normally wouldn’t have been there in the first place (University of Kentucky). Second, when stink bugs are responding to light cues and therefore seeking refuge from the winter, they may not respond to pheromone cues. In other words, their little brains can only handle one objective at a time, and in the fall, that objective is finding an overwintering place. Lastly, your article says that, “The trap lures multiple species of stink bugs with pheromone attractants….” You must know, as does the USDA, there are many native stink bugs that are not pests, and many that are natural predators. Once you start indiscriminately killing insects of all types, you can have larger pest problems on your property. You need a trap that catches brown marmorated stink bugs only as they enter you house.

Posted by: Phyneus Applbaum | Feb 11, 2011 4:40:09 AM

Phyneus, thank you for bringing up some important points about the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap. First of all, this trap will not lure any stink bugs that would not be on your property anyway. The pheromone will have a range of 20 feet. Second, you are correct that when the weather turns colder, stink bugs will no longer respond to the pheromone. That is why the trap is intended to be used outdoors as a preventive measure before the stink bugs go inside. Thirdly, we are aware that some stink bugs are actually beneficial -- the Spined Soldier Bug is one example. The good news is that the pheromones we use in our trap will only lure the pest stink bugs. We have always designed our traps to lure only the targeted pest and leave the beneficial insects alone. Our Stink Bug Trap will be no different. Again, thank you for bringing up these important points about traps!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 11, 2011 11:46:23 AM

Barbara, we will post a list of retailers carrying the Stink Bug Trap once they are known. Sales reps are making calls as we speak!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 11, 2011 11:46:46 AM

Do you need only one of these traps for your house? We get morning sun in the back of the house, and that's when we see them. The afternoon sun is in the front of the house until sundown, and they flock here. Will just one trap work? Thanks

Posted by: Val | Feb 12, 2011 5:19:40 AM


Posted by: jomarie barbuto | Feb 12, 2011 6:34:47 AM

The only way the federal government will take any action is when all the senior career bureaucrats' and Washington Post editors homes in Arlington and Fairfax Counties are overwhelmed with these Chinese-imported stink bugs.

Posted by: Joe Slack | Feb 12, 2011 6:23:46 PM

Ha, ha... 4-5 a week!!!Try killing 120 a week in your home. They are in our food, in our bed, clothes - everywhere, it is a living nightmare. I will need a 100 of these traps to make a difference. We are in Md on 10 acres of wooded property - it is stink bug heaven. I could see myself spending an inordinate amount of money on these traps and not make but a dent in our stink bug population. Come on - we need real innovation. Let's get them when they are trying to winter in the home.

And by the time July hits (when this trap is supposed to hit stores), it will be too late. They start trying to get inside in August and September.

Posted by: pikappwvu | Feb 12, 2011 6:58:33 PM

Our problem really got out of hand last Fall. We had so many we resorted to using a shop vac several times a day to vacuum them off the back of our house. They appeared faster than we could suck them up in the shop vac. We attached a panty hose leg to the inside of the shop vac. When it was full, we tied a knot in the end, placed it in a bucket of hot soapy water. They drowned ! The smell was so bad it left you feeling nauseated. I find them inside daily and though I love Spring, I dread it's arrival. This trap will only benefit us if it get's to stores before July. Otherwise we're doomed to deal with them again. Not something I'm looking forward to.

Posted by: Pat Zepp | Feb 16, 2011 4:28:51 PM

Val: Regarding your question about how many traps you will need, the answer depends on the size of your yard. The trap will catch stink bugs within a 20-foot radius. You may want to place a trap on each side of your house, based on what you've observed about how they congregate.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 2:40:30 PM

what do you do with the trapped stink bugs once the trap is full??

Posted by: Jen | Feb 17, 2011 3:32:01 PM

Jen: The trapped stink bugs will dehydrate after several days. You would simply empty their dead stink bug bodies in the trash.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 3:50:51 PM

Will this trap attract other bugs that are low in population like bumble bee's or others bugs that are harmless like moths? If so then this trap is one HUGE mistake!!

Posted by: Worried | Feb 17, 2011 6:03:59 PM

These stinkin bugs may drive me crazy! I left Alabama after 3 years because of cockroaches. Little did I know that in my beautiful Pennsylvania country home I would be polluted with STINK BUGS. I can not wait until your product is available. I know that everything that God made is good, but I think He blinked with these nasty bugs! HELP SOON!

Posted by: Sue Kelly | Feb 17, 2011 8:37:11 PM

Worried: The pheromone will lure only pest stink bugs. That's the beauty of our traps.. the attractants we use lure only the targeted pest insect. No need to worry!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 18, 2011 11:46:32 AM

i am so glad i heard of this - i saw a commercial about it for the news last night, but didn't see the feature. luckily, they had a link to your blog on their web page! i didn't know i had stink bugs until this winter - compared to many of you who have commented, i had it good, i killed maybe 2 dozen over the course of the winter, but those are also just the ones i actually caught. i don't know how they are getting into my 91-year-old house (lots of leaks i can't afford to get fixed), and i didn't know they were stink bugs at first because they didn't stink (i went ahead and swatted them, i was surely lucky that there was no smell, but that made identifying them hard until i saw a picture of them on the news). the price is a good one - i am on a fixed income, $20 for the trap and $9 roughly every two months is a good deal! but i do agree with the people who are saying mass killing in large areas is needed. i also heard on the news that our native animals or birds may develop a taste for them over time, and they will develop predators in the US, but that will take years. so thank you for developing this trap, i want to be one of the first to buy one. there is no busy beaver store near me, do you plan on offering them directly over the internet, or do you think busy beaver may offer them over the internet?

Posted by: Kelly | Feb 18, 2011 12:53:36 PM

Kelly: Thanks for your comments. We do not sell our products directly online. If any of our customers offer them online, we will let you know!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 18, 2011 1:11:00 PM

can you use these inside?

Posted by: Chuck Verrett | Feb 19, 2011 4:41:03 AM

Chuck: The trap as described above is for outdoor use only. Stink Bugs do not respond to the pheromones once they are indoors. We are, however, testing ways to catch them indoors and will share any developments here.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 21, 2011 2:18:27 PM

Please rush the manufacturing of these. We need them now! Or at least in early spring. By July, they will already be in full infestation in our homes! HELP!

Posted by: shari | Feb 23, 2011 9:51:37 AM

We have a large warehouse that houses hospital curtains. These bugs love to get inside and stay there until we go to hang curtains. Any product that you have we would love to test out and try. I agree with the other comments that say July is a LONG time to wait, and any ability to speed up delivery would be appreciated. Finally, you said no online orders, what about direct sales over the phone?

Posted by: Craig | Feb 24, 2011 7:00:47 AM

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