Most of us have seen stink bugs and gotten a whiff of their foul odor.
North Carolina is getting a double dose this year thanks to two different kinds, the kudzu bug and the brown marmorated stink bug. Both tend to congregate in the home in big numbers, and are hard to get rid of.
The bugs also produce an irritating odor from their glands.
The kudzu causes more of the problems here in central N.C., and they continue to branch out. Since arriving in this country in 2009, the kudzu bug now populates areas from Delaware, westward to Arkansas.
This year's mild weather is already making the little buggers move inside, which means more business for pest control specialists.
Once they're in for the season, most of them hibernate and in the spring back outside they go. Outside, they find food and procreate, getting ready for another home invasion the following fall.