The Q&A Archives: Stink Bugs

Question: What are my choices for poisons that would cause stink bugs to die an agonizing, horrible death for the crime of hanging around my tomato and pepper plants, yet would not cause harm to the humans who would eventually eat the fruits of the better protected plants?

Answer: Sounds like you're at your wit's end when it comes to dealing with stinkbugs! You can help keep them out of your garden by keeping weeds down (they like to hide there), or planting a crop of radishes, nasturtiums or marigolds to repel them. Also try rotating your crops of tomato and pepper plants so the insects have to hunt around to find them. You can hand pick the adults or apply sabadilla, a botanical insecticide that's made from lily plants. I can't guarantee a slow and agonizing death, but any of the above techniques should help you rid your garden of these pests.

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