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"stinkbugs" and skunks

 
kadence blevins
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I am in central virginia and just doing a real little raised/ hugel/ polyculture bed for garden this year and a few salad green mixed large pots.

There is getting to be lots and lots of "stinkbugs" as the weather is getting nicer. I think they are nasty but dont they eat lots of garden plants?
Any good ways to trap em if they are the not beneficial bugs?

Also we have a minor skunk issue. Its only two people here and everything isreused or composted/fed to the quail or recycled and a wee bit of stuff is burned which we then put with the compost etc.
Well skunks found the "burn it" bags and had a ball a few times before we were able to burn it...... ack what a mess and they come back!!!
Other than makin sure i deal with it before it gets torn up how can i attempt to shoo em off? Any certian smells etc?
They do hide under the shed when they come round but i cant change theshed /:

Thanks!
 
Judith Browning
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I think the only way to discourage a skunk is to avoid leaving anything out that would tempt them. Is there food in the bags waiting to be burned? cat food/dog food? We have them wander through here but the only time they stayed was when we left cat food out all night.

and, yes, stink bugs will damage several things in the garden...one that is tough on us is the surface damage to tomatoes...in a bad year the blemished skin makes them almost unusable. They inject something that makes a hard spot into the tomato and as few as one or two can work a whole tomato vine. I know some folks are having invasions of a particular stink bug in their homes, although I don't know if that one does damage in the garden.

Here's hoping some more folks post with more helpful answers than mine
 
kadence blevins
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ya these stinkbugs i see in the yard sunbathing seems like. only saw one in my little bed so far so fingers crossed if they make it through this darn cursed cold spell that the bugs wont get em. i have cucumber, zucchini, yellow crookneck, and a strawberry plant in there mixed up. i didnt see those mentioned when i was tryin to read up on the bugs. more of tomatoes, amaranth,...


the skunk(s) havent been by that i have been able to see. the burn stuff doesnt have food in it except what i dont catch hubs put in there "accidently" but its nearly nothing. its like they just come by like "oh a goodie bag! for me? oh you shouldnt have!" and then they tear it all to bits and spread it around.. just to see what it is.. like cats with houseplants or something..
 
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