I truely do not understand why people get so worked up about these things. They are just bugs! Leave them alone and they won't spray you. I have a crap ton of these things in my house all the time. Never has one of them sprayed, because we leave them alone. I understand wanting to keep them off you saddle though. If you don't know they are there and crush one they will probably stink. I have no idea if that would do any damage though.
Jake- They are new but there are a lot more this year than previous. There are some articles about why there are more but I haven't read any to know.
I'm not worried about the stink, but I do think they are a nuisance. Im not scared of them either, its just that the spray is equivalent to acid so I don't want to accidently crush one and it burn a hole or something through the leather. I've only seen them in my house this year and last year, and they actually seem to be a little less bad this year, but that may be just in my house, not necessarily speaking for everywhere. I live in the eastern panhandle of west virginia, pretty close to the virginia boarder.
Interesting. It seems worse this year to me. Last year I remember seeing a lot outside but none came into my house. This year, when it started getting warm in the spring, they were everywhere and we had about a million in the house. Then they disappeared through the middle of the summer, and now they are back, but I don't see as many as in the beginning of the summer. I'm in centeral Maryland. I know a lot of the articles claim they are relatively new to the US (coming from Asia a few years ago, first appeared in PA or something like that) but I have seen these bugs around her since I was little.
Ive never smelled fruitiness from them haha. I wish though. I think they smell comparable to the herb cilantro. One of my friends moms likes the smell of it and she says she's never smelled stinkbugs. It kinda gives me a headache =/
@vivache: my mom works in winchester :) what is the name of the barn you ride at?
Stinkbugs aren't really a big problem here in FL, but I bought a saddle off of ebay, & it arrived yesterday complete with its very own stinkbug. It freaked me out for a split second, just because I wasn't expecting to see a giant bug crawling across my saddle. I scooped it up with some of the packing paper, squished all the paper into a ball, & threw it into the trash outside. I had no idea they shot out acid type stuff!