Many people in my part of the state have problems with stinkbugs and ladybugs this time of year. Basically, they want indoors, where it’s warmer than outside. Actually, neither one has invaded my house in large numbers, although a few have gotten in. For some reason, this fall is producing way more Asian ladybugs than the Asian stinkbugs, crawling all over my windows and window screens. They’re fine outside, where they’re aphid vacuum cleaners, just like our native ladybugs, but who the heck wants them indoors?
I can look out a window, and see them almost swarming like gnats. Every time I open the door to let the dog in or out, two or three more get inside. They have an orange shell over their wings instead of the usual true red.
They’re easy to nail with a flyswatter, but they do kind of smell when squashed. It’s not the kind of burnt sugar mixed with a bit of funk smell the stinkbugs let off, though. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we’re having; most of them would have normally died off a month ago or so.