The other day, I was rummaging through old status updates from my personal Facebook account and realized that there is a treasure trove of potential blog entries from days gone by. The first that caught my eye was a note I posted entitled “How to Catch a Stink Bug according to Rachel and Hannah.” The memory warmed my heart, so I thought I’d share it with you.
It was a fine morning in 2011. Hannah came to me and said, “Mom, I am not going to scream, but there’s a stink bug in my room.” My response: “That’s nice, Dear!” Did I mention that Hannah despises stink bugs? Did I mention that once we were awoken in the middle of the night by a piercing scream because the child had seen a stink bug in the bathroom? Realizing that I was in no hurry to remove the pesky vermin, Hannah decided to take matters into her own hands. She recruited her sister, and together, they worked to catch and remove the unwelcome intruder on their own!
1 bathtub net to catch toy fish
1 plastic cup
1 stink bug
1. The first step is to find the stink bug. Then angle the cup on the surface in front of the stink bug and wait for it to climb in.
2. Once the stink bug is in the cup, cover it with the net.
3. With one child holding the net handle and the other one holding the cup securely, walk carefully to the closest exit.
4. Open the door and invert the cup so that the bug falls into the net.
5. Swing the net overhead (like a badminton racket) so that the bug is thrown out. Check the net to be sure that the bug is gone before reentering the house.
I have no actual footage of the delicate maneuver, but I am happy to report that it was a complete success. So . . . there you have it, folks; now you know how to catch a stink bug according to Hannah and Rachel.