Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. Pesky Critter

    Pesky Critter said, about 2 years ago

    Stinkbugs are actually really interesting, Petey!

  2. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, about 2 years ago

    I looked them up on an agricultural sciences page from Penn University.

    They are pretty revolting, and too big for me to easily put out of my mind. I will wake up screaming tonight, I think.

    @cdward – Glad you enjoyed “Bad Machinery” – there are a number of comic book stories on the site. I find them
    addictive. A mixture of real-life and just a hint of the surreal, with a lot of subtle humour. Perfect!

  3. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, about 2 years ago

    Petey is frozen with fear of being stinkbugged. Barefoot Alice is cheerfully unconcerned except to help her weird big brother.
    This must be allegorical of something….

  4. Citizen GROG!

    Citizen GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Until this strip, I never even heard of the stinkbug. I figure there’s a lot worse out there among the flying insects.

  5. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    To the general public, they are a nuisance and nothing else, although I understand they are a bother to farmers. Pick it up and drop it in the trash. They don’t bite or chew on the scenery and they’re not dirty like roaches. They just “are”.

  6. arsmall

    arsmall said, about 2 years ago

    @Dani Rice

    Yep, exactly….it’s not like you can smell them a mile away…they just show up. According to one poster yesterday, in more places than we would like, but yeah…just a nuisance.

  7. #1 redskins fan

    #1 redskins fan said, about 2 years ago

    Here on the East Coast, they can be a pestilence to farmers. They have a proboscis that they insert into frruit and suck the juice out, so they are very destructive to apples and peaches. Their “stink” attracts other Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. Homes have been severely infested by them, and there seems to be no “off-the-shelf” cure for them. If you crush them, they emit their foul odor. I usually pick them up in a tissue and flush them.

  8. rocketscientist

    rocketscientist said, about 2 years ago

    Cut the blue antenna wire!

  9. Christopher Shea

    Christopher Shea said, about 2 years ago

    My old neighborhood was overrun by feral cats. Once the cats took over, the local stinkbug population plunged.

  10. cleokaya (THE FLASH)

    cleokaya (THE FLASH) GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I had never heard of stink bugs until I arrived in North Bay, Ontario. I was on a road trip and there was an infestation in town. You couldn’t go anywhere without stepping in them.

  11. KJ

    KJ said, about 2 years ago

    Petey, you have to start thinking about stink bugs as a opportunity, not as a danger..

  12. rasalom

    rasalom said, about 2 years ago

    it could be worse. he could be covered in kudzu beetles.

  13. ellisaana

    ellisaana GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Dani Rice

    Dani, you must not have a severe infestation yet. The bugs “are” more of a problem than a nuisance. “Pick it up and drop it in the trash” works for a few, but when there are hundreds or thousands of them, that is too time consuming. They are masters at hiding and show up on shelves,in folds of curtains even in winter. The bugs are more than a bother to farmers. They destroy crops, especially fruits like apples, peaches, and peppers. And they don’t stop at commercial property lines. They also attack home gardens. For the last 2 summers, the yield from my peppers and large pod beans has been cut to 1/10th of what it was before the stink bugs invaded.

  14. ellisaana

    ellisaana GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The good news is some of the larger birds are beginning to eat them.

  15. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @#1 redskins fan

    EXACTLY! I pretty much said that yesterday, but you did a better job!

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