Stink bug attack

Stink bug attack

PostBy: snuffy On: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:13 pm

Seems computer virus' weren't my only bug problems in the last week. I fired up my Parent's Keystoker today and found a bunch of the bugs looking for a way out of the stack damper as I was looking for startup smoke rising through the pipe. I only wish I could have stuffed the malware author in there after that "jack%!#" trashed my laptop. I guess it was a small consolation choking the stink bugs instead.

By the way, those folks affected by these bugs, you may want to double check your stack is clear before firing up. I just reassembled and cleaned the stack last week. These damn things could be worse than a gypsy moth invasion!
snuffy
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman SF250 & Mark III backup
Other Heating: Oil Hot Water

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:09 am

I've had a few around here both inside and outside the house. I heard they are bad out around Pottsville.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:14 am

There were HUNDREDS in my fireplace flu. I found this out the other night when I lit up a wood fire. Thank goodness I have sealed glass doors on the F.P. !
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice


Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:21 am

They were probably in the flue connected to the Fisher as well. They are quite well done now.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: WissaMan On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:27 am

There were a couple Squash Bugs in my vent pipe clamoring to escape out the baro damper when I fired up my stove. Of course I denied them exit. I hate those damn bugs!!
WissaMan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum (MK1) w/ PC control
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:18 am

I use a dust buster to vacuum them up. I've been getting 1 or 2 a night for weeks in here. They were coming in through the window air conditioner, didn't think of the stove. They sound like a Huey chopper when they fly. I don't crush 'em, just throw 'em out the door. They probably come right back.
Dann757
 

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: YZF1R On: Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:29 pm

The usual spray doesn't seem to do much. I found if I take them out to the porch and throw them down hard, the sudden stop when you hear them hit the cement kills them. Last year, I burned a fire or so in my wood insert then it warmed the rest of the week. I guess they could feel the residual heat coming up the flue from the masonry chimney and they went down there like crazy. They were coming out the stove and all. This year with the coal stove, I will not install the last piece of pipe until I'm ready to burn 24/7. That will keep them out. In the meantime, I have the tee capped with a rubber band over a freezer bag over the end. I can see them in there on the bag. I give them a snap of my finger and listen to them slam back into the rear of the tee. I'll remove the bottom cap on the tee and look up the flue and clean any out before lighting.

Steve
YZF1R
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: 1400 Circulator W/Magazine

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:06 am

The past few years we've had quite a few of those little f'ers crawlin' around these parts. I wish I could have caught on video the reaction from my cat .... I grabbed one & held it up so he could sniff it.

I guess the smell is quite a bit stronger for animals than it is for humans! :lol: :lol:

He started foaming at the mouth!! No joke!! Shaking his head around like he stuck it in a fire!! Funniest thing I have ever seen in my life!! Looked like he was gonna chomp it at first .... then he suddenly took 6 steps backward & completely lost it. Slobber was flying everywhere ... Too funny!

Why doesn't the wife find these things funny??? :gee:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: WissaMan On: Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:03 am

Yeah they have been getting worse around my house. For the last 7 years we had a small garden behind our house but didn't even bother this year because the last two years they were so bad they killed just about every zucchini, squash, and watermelon plant we grew.
WissaMan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum (MK1) w/ PC control
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: ceccil On: Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:14 pm

SMITTY wrote:Why doesn't the wife find these things funny???


lol your not alone there Smity.

It's amazing the things I find funny and then get the evil eye from her afterwards. :lol:
ceccil
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Mark III

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:12 pm

Turns out it's a "product" of Allentown PA! The brown marmorated stink bug was first reported in Allentown about 8 years ago. Since then, the rest is part of aromatic history!

VigIIPeaBurner
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Casting Vigilant II 2310
Other Heating: #2 Oil Furnace

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:53 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Turns out it's a "product" of Allentown PA! The brown marmorated stink bug was first reported in Allentown about 8 years ago. Since then, the rest is part of aromatic history!



Yep, and Hunterdon county, NJ was the highest hit (worst hit?) Most bugs :sick: :sick: :sick:
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: Dann757 On: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:53 am

For me, they are "The Fourth Great Plague". When I first started fixing up this place, it was cave crickets in the crawlspace; then it was carpenter ants, last year it was mice, and now I am still getting about three a night in here. They usually show up over my floor lamp just when I'm nodding out. I jump up out of the chair cursing and get the dustbuster. I never smelled one or squashed one yet.
Dann757
 

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:15 am

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Turns out it's a "product" of Allentown PA! The brown marmorated stink bug was first reported in Allentown about 8 years ago. Since then, the rest is part of aromatic history!


just blame it on A-town,wish the little basturds would stay over there. :mad:
New Hope Engineer
 
Stove/Furnace Make: RUSSO
Stove/Furnace Model: CW-2

Re: Stink bug attack

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:47 pm

I should have known they were coming down the chimney. took the stack apart today, and they were hiding in the seams! They must come out of the baro at night, attracted to the floor lamp I have on while watching TV. Like I said, they come buzzing around just when I am nodding off. hopefully this will be the end of them, I'm going to start the stove up for the season soon.
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