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Old 05-12-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Bug! Possible of the Stink varity

Last fall we did a trip up into Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, Mass. Somewhere along the route, and we can't remember where we picked up some bugs that I think are Stink Bugs, from what I've seen on the internet, anyway. So now every time we pick up the coach from storage we have several dead ones inside and some live ones that come out later. We don't have these bugs in our area that I know of, so we try to kill them when we find them alive, then we flush them. I don't know what to do about them, though. We were on the big trip in Sept & Oct last year and we're still finding them. Has anyone set off a "Bug Bomb" in their motorhome before? I don't know what else to do other than keep killing them as we find them. A long term solution would be better though.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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I live in upstate NY and in the past 2 years, we have become inundated with the buggers. I suggest you do whatever you can to get rid of them because they are an invasive species that will only get worse.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:27 PM   #3
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We endured literally thousands of them in our last home in MD. We did learn a lot about them, however. They winter indoors but can't breed there. That's why you find them inside when the RV is closed up. Don't bother with a bug bomb because one of the problems with these things is that they are pretty much immune to pesticides unless you score a direct hit. They are not at all affected by pesticide residues on surfaces that kill other insects.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #4
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I had them in my coach when I bought it, tried catch a release for awhile. Finally I used Raid foggers the kind you add water to the little canister. I put one in the front of the coach, and one in the back, with vents closed. Then do it again a week or two later. Be sure to open all the cabinets, also I removed my smoke detectors, and co2 detectors, and covered my Lp gas leak detector with plastic wrap. You will still find a few for a while, just remove them, and soon you will be bug free.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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We have found that several pesticides workok on them. Bengal is one such. Anything containing pyrethin will work. The problem is getting it in to the places they are hiding, which is generally behind panels, in ceilings, in cabinets, behind the dashboard, in duct work, etc. If you don't get it back into those spaces, fyou are wasting your time. We had well over a thousand of them in the coach and have sprayed repeatedly and "bombed" twice to finally rid ourselves of them. Some freezing nights when the coach wasn't heated helped too!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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We had them until about March in our coach. Picked them up on the east coast on our way to Florida in September/October. They came out for months afterward when the coach heated up in the daytime. We used an empty water bottle with some Dawn dishwashing soap in the bottom. Catch them in the bottle and they die quickly without the stink. They are a pain but we haven't had any in a while now.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #7
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It's been a while, but I wanted to supply closure. We made a trip to a local that was above 90 degrees for several days and poof, they are gone. I guess they couldn't stand our hot/dry weather out west.
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