Brown marmorated stinkbugs are alien invaders — accidentally introduced to the Allentown, Pa., area in the 1990s, probably in shipping containers from their native Taiwan or South Korea.
They have since spread across America. While they don’t bite, they consume fruit and vegetables, making them an agricultural pest.
They also give off a noisome odor when threatened or squashed.
But Jody Williams of New Jersey’s Delaware Township tells the Hunterdon County Democrat that he is trying to patent a new device he claims can keep the stinkers out of your home when the weather turns cold.
He has an online video showing how to build it with wood shims, cardboard, a staple or glue gun, Velcro, two box fans and garbage bags.
He estimates that nearly 1,000 crawled into his trap during a single day.
“It’s fascinating. I killed all of them,” with a simple trap that is chemical-free, he told the paper.
Photo: Renée Kiriluk-Hill, Hunterdon Democrat