The Stink Bug is Here
You may see these bugs on your windows or in your house in coming weeks. Don't step on them! The reason for their name is that they emit a big stink if crushed. A Rutgers Cooperative Extension fact sheet on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug recommends vacuuming them up and releaseing them outdoors or disposing of the vacuum bag.
Click here to get the fact sheet.
After seeing several on a screen and window and verifying the bug's identity, I called the Union County office of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension to report its presence, as the fact sheet suggests. I had collected a couple in alcohol as the fact sheet advised, but the person I spoke to said they wanted live specimens. Either way, I couldn't take them to the office, so I just asked her to note my call.
The stink bug not only can damage fruit crops, but ornamentals and other food crops as well. Keep an eye out in the house and garden, and let the Rutgers Cooperative Extension know if you see some.