I have a suspicion that a few of my loyal readers share my (very negative) feelings about Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.  So they may find this image heartening:

Jan 12 2014 -- post arctic blast stink bug die-off?

Jan 12 2014 — post arctic blast stink bug die-off?

Seems the below zero temps last week may have been too much for our prehistoric friends.  This is the scene that greeted me this morning after yesterday’s rain melted all the snow.

I think they are really dead.  They haven’t moved all day, and many are belly-up.  Nudging them hasn’t provoked any movement, either.  But as we know from previous experiments, these monsters seem to be able to go into some wierd death-state hibernation and then revive, so…I’ll keep checking on them and let yinz know if they come back to life.

In the meantime…I’m feeling hopeful that, as nasty as that cold front was, it actually did us some good!