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"Even just standing here I see some crawling into gutters and stuff up there."

One month ago stink bugs were nothing but an afterthought for many homeowners like Joshua Blake.

But a lot can change in such a short period of time.

"About two weeks ago I noticed an infestation of them around my house in the gutter areas. I notice it more now than ever."

"Blake says he'll find two to three stink bugs in his home a day. But the problem is he can barely even open a door or in this case a window without seeing them because they're literally everywhere."

Stink bugs are attracted to warmer areas, so when it gets cold outside they find their way into homes.

"They're better at finding their way into the house than finding their way out of the house."

Dr. Doug Pfeiffer is an entomology professor at Virginia Tech researching a solution to the growing stink bug problem.

He says chemical sprays and repellents can provide a short term answer. But the long term solution is still a mystery.

"Eradication I think is out of the question. It's too wide spread, it feeds on too many host plants, it's a very mobile hitchhiker. I think it would be next to impossible to eradicate."

Pfeiffer says researchers are focusing on finding a biological pest control. But it's very much a work in progress.

As for Blake he's looking forward to the day he doesn't walk outside surrounded by stink bugs.

"These stink bugs do not pay any rent here and I want them gone. Evicted."

 

 

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