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Don’t mash the stink bugs, they smell bad


Guest Columnist

Do you know what a stink bug is? Do you have any? I heard a friend say that they were such a pest at her house. She had them everywhere.

I found several inside recently. Their name suits them well as they smell pretty bad if you happen to mash one.

I began to be annoyed after the third one was found creeping across the kitchen floor. I didn’t want to come in contact with any more.

But last week, while stretched out on an x-ray table where my aching knee was getting its picture made, I looked up and guess what? There in the overhead ceiling light was a stink bug.

It had made its last journey and most likely lost its smell while traveling from its home spot.

It is interesting how bugs and other insects can show up in some unexpected places. Where have they been hiding?

You can scrub all the baseboards, paying special attention to the corners, and the next day while relaxing with company you see a spider weaving its web where you had just finished cleaning.

I like spiders less than stink bugs and if I can help it there will be no webs in the corner.

I had just finished complaining about stink bugs when I picked up the daily paper and under the heading of Science Briefs, it read “Stink bug traps may increase tomato damage.” The info was that the stinkers are important pests of fruits and vegetables. So, the gist of it is, “don’t trap stinking bugs near your tomato plants.” Like I would want a trap full of those.

I won’t have to be concerned about that because it’s been years since I put tomato plants in the ground.

But maybe the stink bugs will all come together outside in the dirt and not near the plants that produce those big, juicy tomatoes.

Venders at the Farmer’s Market must know how to keep the bugs away, because their tomatoes are the best. I can’t wait for the market to open this month and to grab some of those tender green onions.

April weather should bring enough sunshine to make those good vegetables grow and the pretty flowers bloom.

We’re ready for everything that spring has to offer except stink bugs. Maybe someone will set the traps far away from the tomato plants and the stink bugs will find another home.

Spring brings us flowers, green grass and green onions. Let’s hope that tomato farmers have the biggest and best season yet and never ever have to deal with stink bugs.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.



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