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Where did all these stink bugs come from?



Halyomorpha halys, otherwise known as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), that armor-plated prehistoric pest most of us see, or smell, at some point in the early spring or late fall, is becoming an odoriferous seasonal houseguest. This wasn’t always the case, as stink bugs only arrived in America in the late 1990s, reportedly hitching rides in shipping containers from Asia. While somewhat held in check in their native environment, they face no indigenous predators here. That, and the fact that they can fly up to 40 miles in a day (!), has allowed them to spread to more than 40 states.

Other than their alien looks and the pungent fluid they secrete when provoked, they don’t bite or sting humans or pets. That doesn’t make them any less creepy, and they are an invasive species that causes millions of dollars in damage to U.S. agriculture every year.

So how do we get rid of them? With no natural enemies it’s not easy. Farmers and gardeners are often left to try different pesticides, traps, and natural repellants. Homeowners face even greater challenges once stink bugs take up residence in the cracks and crevices around windows and door jambs, and it’s very difficult to completely eradicate them.

Spraying them with soapy water, or gently collecting them in a pan or jug of soapy water is as safe and effective as anything else. But, whatever you do, do not squash or vacuum up these bugs, unless you want the whole house not only to stink, but also to attract more of their brethren. 

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August 2017

Who knew? Silvermine Arts Center, in our own backyard, is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. This summer, Whitney Museum’s David Kiehl curates the 2017...

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Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
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Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

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Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


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Where:
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Norwalk, CT
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Where:
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

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Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


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Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

Where:
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10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
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Cost: Tickets start at $30

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Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT  06880
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Cost: Free. Donations welcome

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Wilton Presbyterian Church
48 New Canaan Road (Rte. #106)
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Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

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Stamford Downtown
, CT


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Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

Where:
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10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
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“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, from August 15 through September 2. The story of family secrets...

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Where:
Silvermine Arts Center
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New Canaan, CT  06840
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Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


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"From first frame to last, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a monumental achievement, a World War II epic of staggering visual spectacle (see it in IMAX if you can) that hits you...

Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

Where:
The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, from August 15 through September 2. The story of family secrets...

Cost: Tickets start at $30

Where:
Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT  06880
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Where:
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


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"From first frame to last, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a monumental achievement, a World War II epic of staggering visual spectacle (see it in IMAX if you can) that hits you...

Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

Where:
The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
View map »


Website »

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“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, from August 15 through September 2. The story of family secrets...

Cost: Tickets start at $30

Where:
Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT  06880
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Cost: $25-$35 for single tickets. Reservations suggested.

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Music Theatre of Connecticut
509 Westport Ave.
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Where:
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

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Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


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Cost: $15 for Adults. $12 for children 12 & Under.

Where:
The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
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Norwalk Seaport Association Dock
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Norwalk, CT
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Cost: Tickets start at $30

Where:
Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT  06880
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