I am not a fan of bugs. I know they serve a needed purpose, but I'd prefer they do it in a different place than I am. I found the first of many stink bugs near my home in Missouri recently which reminded me this invasive pest is back in force. Experts are trying to convince me to let them live. Let's see if they're successful.

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Farmer's Almanac has some great info on stink bugs if there is such a thing as great stink bugs. While they admit and use the phrase "invasive bug", they think stink bugs should be spared.

Let's go over the basics. Stink bugs are not a summer pest. You'll normally see these smelly things in the Spring before they seemingly disappear. Come Fall, they're back with a vengeance.

Farmer's Almanac says if you see a stink bug in your home like I did, you shouldn't kill them. The smell of a squished stink bug - well, it stinks. They advise putting garlic in your window sills as stink bugs despise them. This is me heading to the store to stock up on garlic.

There are lots of other ways to dispel stink bugs if you'd prefer to be humane to our little pest friends.

Did I take Farmer's Almanac's advice and let the stink bug I found in my Missouri place live? I'd rather not answer so that I don't make my "friends" at PETA mad, but let's just say my home is now stink bug-free again. May he/it rest in piece(s).

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In an effort to inform the public on the types of invasive species that are known to be found in their state, the USDA offers a "Pest Tracker" on their website, where you simply click the name of your state from the drop-down menu provided to see pictures of the different insects and weeds, along with descriptions of the type of plant life they target and the damage they can do if they're not dealt with.

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