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More about the RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap

A comment on our last blog post brought up some good points and questions about the product that we want to answer here.

Q: Will the Stink Bug Trap attract more stink bugs onto your property that wouldn't ordinarily be there?

USDA StinkBugphoto A: No. The RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap will catch stink bugs within a 20-foot radius. It will attract the bugs that are already in your yard and prevent them from damaging your garden or getting in your house. All of our RESCUE! traps work this way, in fact -- it's a misconception to believe that they lure insects from all over the neighborhood.

Q: Will the trap work indoors?

A: No, the trap is intended for use outdoors to prevent the stink bugs from doing damage in your garden or getting inside your house. Once stink bugs are inside your house, they do not respond to the pheromone lures. If our testing leads us to a solution for catching stink bugs indoors, we will most certainly share that.

Q: Some stink bugs are beneficial. Will the trap catch them along with the pests?

A: We recognize that some stink bugs, like the Spined Soldier Bug, are beneficial. The RESCUE! Stink Bug Trap will catch the stink bugs that are pests and leave the beneficial insects alone.

Keep your questions coming!

February 11, 2011 in Beneficial insects, Bugs in the news, Entomology, Introductions, New RESCUE! Products, Stink Bugs | Permalink


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Please, please, PLEASE work hard on developing one for the indoors. Soon.

Posted by: Bethany | Feb 12, 2011 7:58:02 PM

Ok...this is wonderful news ! But the $64 million dollar question is, "Will this be available in Maryland"? If so, where and when? We Marylanders are just as desperate as other areas of this country to get rid of these awful pests.

Posted by: Pat Zepp | Feb 16, 2011 3:24:13 PM

Please where in Pittsburgh,PA can I get this????
Also is there anything for inside the house???

Posted by: Verna | Feb 16, 2011 3:50:12 PM

2010 was the third year for these bugs for me in Pittsburgh, Pa. It also was the worst! I heard that it was part of a 5 year cycle? Can you verify this? The bugs don't really stink that bad, more like a chemical smell. They are dumb and slow and easy to catch. It seems like if you put them in bleach that will kill them. Flushing them down the toilet is a big waste of many gallons of water. I just drop them into a cup of bleach, if that's not handy I just grab one with a tissue, step on it and throw it in the garbage, outside preferably. One actually survived an entire laundry cycle! I saw it come out of the wash machine hose and it survived all of those chemicals. That's where I got the bleach idea. I dropped one in the toilet and poured bleach on it and it died!

Posted by: connie keay | Feb 16, 2011 7:53:21 PM

When!!! When can I buy this?!??! TY for doing something though - these bugs are the biggest nuisance!!!

Posted by: Jen | Feb 17, 2011 10:42:25 AM

will the stink bugs after caught in your trap spray - therefore smell?

Posted by: barb | Feb 17, 2011 11:03:27 AM

Why won't the trap work indoors? How can a bug tell whether it's inside or out? I have read that dish washing detergent will kill them too. If you have a lot of bugs inside just put a little water in a small bucket and add some dishcleaner. The degreasing chemicals will soften their exoskeleton and kill them.

Posted by: Maximus | Feb 17, 2011 2:36:58 PM

Bethany and Maximus, we have found that once the stink bugs are indoors, they do not respond to the pheromone. We are, however, testing ways to catch them indoors. Keep checking back here or on our Facebook page for any new developments!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 2:43:22 PM

Verna, in the Pittsburgh area you'll be able to find the Stink Bug Trap at all Busy Beaver locations. Several independent garden centers will carry it too -- see our next blog post!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 2:45:16 PM

Pat: We anticipate that Maryland retailers will be carrying this product. Check back here or on our Facebook page for any updates as to which specific retailers will have it on their shelves!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 2:47:08 PM

Connie: We're not aware of a 5-year cycle for these bugs. We do know that they began showing up in the early 2000s. The pest stink bugs are a non-native species to the U.S. that first arrived on cargo ships. With no natural enemies, their numbers are exploding -- as you've unfortunately witnessed firsthand!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 2:51:49 PM

Barb: The stink bugs caught in our trap will not emit their defensive odor unless the trap is shaken vigorously.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 3:01:22 PM

how long does the trap last before u have to buy a new one.

Posted by: denise | Feb 17, 2011 5:03:40 PM

Denise: The trap is reusable. It comes with a 2-week supply of attractant, and 7-week refills will be available. It will be made of a durable plastic, so if it's maintained well, it can last for years.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 5:06:06 PM

if u keep them outside how long do they last the traps and will rain bother the trap if it gets wet.

Posted by: denise | Feb 17, 2011 5:06:35 PM

Denise: The trap is designed so that rain will not affect it or the attractant inside.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 5:10:50 PM

How can I find you on Face Book?

Posted by: Pat Zepp | Feb 17, 2011 5:17:11 PM

Thank you thank you.. I've been dreading this spring/summer because of the bugs.. Cant wait to decorate my lawn with the traps. I killed 10 in someones house today... This needs to be on Facebook too..

Posted by: linda rorabaugh | Feb 17, 2011 5:21:51 PM

Linda: We are on Facebook! Find us at www.facebook.com/rescuepestcontrol.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 17, 2011 5:23:46 PM

Thanks for the quick response! Next question, is Rescue a publicly traded company? I want to buy some stock!

Posted by: Maximus | Feb 17, 2011 6:01:48 PM

Me, too sign me up for some stock after I buy one and see it work!

We have killed 15 of them inside the house today, I thought I read that they liked to nest in paper?

Also, if there is no known predator here, then why don't we import some predators from China, that is where these @#$%!@#!@# pests came from!!!

Posted by: Ellen | Feb 17, 2011 6:19:04 PM

Is this product safe around dogs and cats outside?

Posted by: carol | Feb 18, 2011 3:19:50 AM

Where else can I buy your product and will you sell them on-line? Don't have a Busy Beaver close to my location. Do you have a waiting list...if so ..put me on it!! Cant deal with these pests any longer!!

Posted by: Becky | Feb 18, 2011 5:25:31 AM

Maximus and Ellen: Sterling International/RESCUE! is a private company. Sorry!

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 18, 2011 11:41:12 AM

Carol: Yes, this product is safe around humans as well as dogs, cats and other animals. Since the pheromone targets only pest stink bugs, all other creatures will be unaffected.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 18, 2011 11:42:51 AM

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