JOHANNA SCHNELLER, Metro News columnist & resident of TORONTO’s leafy Annex, says “They emit this really disgusting smell, like rotten leaves. It’s pungent, it lingers in the air.” Ms. Schneller didn’t think much of them until she squashed one. Her disposal method – get a wad of paper towel, squish the bug (don’t open your hand), then swiftly flush it down the toilet.
TARA GARIEP, an entomologist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada believes “we’re seeing an expansion in their geographic area. The range from Windsor to Ottawa, sporadically. We’re starting to see more and more of them in TORONTO.” The worry now is that they’ll set up housekeeping in Niagara’s fruit orchards.
Everything you wanted to know about stinkbugs (and were afraid to ask), a detailed article by KATHRYN SCHULZ in The New Yorker, March/2018