This is a stink bug.
If you don’t live in certain areas of the US, you should consider yourself lucky that you don’t need to deal with this pest.
Sting bugs are truly one of the dumbest bugs I’ve ever encountered. They are incredibly slow moving and they are downright stupid and fly themselves into windows, furniture & walls. They also put up virtually no fight when you attempt to squash them – none whatsoever. Their main weapon to prevent you from smushing them, is certainly not their ability to run away, it’s the impending stench that they emit once they’ve been squashed – thus the name “Stink Bug”. Now, trust me when I tell you that this, in no way, deters me from grabbing these litter stinkers in a tissue and crumbling them up to either toss in the trash or flush down the toilet. So, might I say, their ingenious method of preventing their own demise is generally pretty unsuccessful.
UNLESS……… you are my hubby.
Now let me clarify… hubby is not, in fact, scared off by their smell. They apparently appeal to another of hubby’s weaknesses: An Exploration of Stupidity.
Hubby is fascinated at how dumb these ugly-ass bugs are soooooooooooo… he apparently decided to conduct his own “experiment” (unbeknownst to me)
I have no friggin idea how these dang bugs get into our house. But never fail, each week we find one either slowly crawling on the fireplace, or sitting on the curtains or perhaps (when they get an unexplained burst of energy) flying into the wall. So one day, I’m in our family room and I notice that one’s sitting on a plant leaf. I yell to hubby (who’s in the kitchen). “Hey babe…. can you grab a paper towel? There’s a stink bug in here”. And he surprisingly replies “I know”. So in my head I’m like…… What do you mean….. you know? If you are aware that there’s a stink bug in here, why haven’t YOU killed it already? But, as you probably know with hubby, sometimes you just have to let the conversation unfold to figure out how his insane little mind works. I respond “You know?”. And I hear him yell from the other room…. “Well, are you talking about the one on the plant? Cause if so, I know.” So now I’m thinking… Ok, so you do in fact know about the SAME stink bug I’m referring to. Why on earth didn’t you just kill it, if you’re aware of it. I mean come on, I know you can be lazy, and I know you sometimes have selective vision but it’s a FREAKIN bug, in our HOUSE – apparently in plain sight – and you opted to leave it be??? I could perhaps rationalize the laziness factor if it was on the ceiling and would have required a ladder to kill or perhaps, if it was a bug that could furiously flitter around the house and you gave up on chasing it BUT, it’s a barely mobile stink bug that would have sat there and calmly awaited it’s fate. So, in my more exasperated wife tone I say. “I don’t get it. If you know it’s there, why didn’t you just kill it?”. And his response folks……. wait for it…………. “Because I wanted to test to see how long it would sit in the same spot – you know how dumb these bugs are.”
Yes my dear blog readers……. he wanted to “see how long it would stay in the same spot”. I swear, I can’t make this shit up……………….
So, as I now get up to grab a paper towel because I can see I’m not about to get any help, I say to him. “You do realize that once it moved out of that spot, you would no longer know where it is…. right?” And he smartly replies, “Yes, I know that but that’s really not a big deal since it’s been there for over 2 days already.”
And once again, I feel the need to repeat what hubby said… just in case you missed it….. that friggin bug had ALREADY BEEN THERE FOR OVER 2 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!
I’m not sure in what place or world, it’s ok to happily live alongside a bug for the sake of an experiment but I can tell you, that it’s MOST DEFINITELY not my family room……………. UGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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