Stink bugs in our collections space

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      Kara Deadmon

      So this year (apparently more so than in years past), the southeastern United States has experienced an explosion in the brown marmorated stink bug population. They are relatively new to the US and new to me in North Carolina. Over the past couple of months, I have noticed them a lot in the Visitor Center of my museum, but only very recently have I noticed them in our collections space. I, of course, am assessing the places they could potentially get into the space, (cracks around doors, etc), but at this point, I am more worried about the potential damage if they are already there. Does anyone know of more effective ways to rid your spaces of stink bugs, or has anyone experienced the negative consequences of having them around? So far, I haven’t noticed any staining or munching of textiles or documents – they just seem to exist in the space – but does anyone have more experiences to add?

      More info on stink bugs:

    • #132043

      I suggest you go on the website and sign up for the pest list. This will connect you to an impressive group of museum-pest experts who answer their mail very quickly. (I think they are working on a stink-bug page for the identification section.)

    • #132042

      Here is a link to an information page from

      Personally, my only experience has been in my home, where they tend to fly around, crawl on the ceiling, hang out in light fixtures and die.
      The information at museum pests seems to indicate that the stinkbugs themselves don’t do any real damage, but when they die, they can attract dermestid beetles, which will cause massive damage.

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