1. Golux
    Golux

    Frank the Vegetable Vampire loves everything in the garden, including ripe raspberries and tastes perfectly awful in case you ever get a bite of bug ‘n berry. He knows how to distill out the noxious chemicals he eats to save for stinky, flavorful warfare. Also known as the shield bug due to his body shape.

  2. Treesong
    Treesong

    If you’d wanted to tell us why they’re Franks you would have, but here’s one request for you to change your mind.

    • Mandy

      Honestly? I think it was just random.

      We’ll go with the “frank stank” idea from Chayse Fox’s comment below. 🙂

      • DaveEscape
        DaveEscape

        I call the bumblebee around my house Frank.

        • DaveEscape
          DaveEscape

          Wait, not a bumble bee, a black bee.

  3. Solomon Memprys
    Solomon Memprys

    Believe it or not, I just read this strip with a stinkbug strolling across my screen. We’re cool with each other.

  4. Mopruk
    Mopruk

    Here’s a little experiment for Fox while you have Franks: Put fans EVERYWHERE…

    • Fox
      Fox

      I’ve installed ceiling fans in most rooms of the house. They routinely find them.

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        I’m sure you hear PWANG! on a regular basis, assuming the ceiling fan has metal blades or THUMP! with wooden ones.

        • McMashMead
          McMashMead

          Sad story: I was up at this lodge like place over the summer once, and I was just hanging ou inside with all the doors open and stuff. Suddenly a humming bird flies inside and gets stuck in the kitchen. We manage to lure it out using honey, but when we got it out of the kitchen, it panicked and flew straight up in to the ceiling fan and died. We had a funeral for it

  5. Chayse Fox
    Chayse Fox

    Fred—Dead…

    Frank…Stank?

    • Solomon Memprys
      Solomon Memprys

      So we dyed his hide, Clyde, and that’s him hanging on the shed.

      • Alpo
        Alpo

        Tanned his hide.

        “…tanned his hide, when he died, Clyde…”

        • Glenn
          Glenn

          “Tie me kangaroo down, sport.” I can’t believe there are actually people here who know that song.

          • Iron Ed
            Iron Ed

            Heh! I still catch myself singing bits and pieces of it to myself in the shower. (Bits and pieces are all I remember!) 🙂

          • Glenn
            Glenn

            I found several (hundred) offerings on YouTube. (If you want to be reminded of what the words were.)

          • S'aaruuk
            S'aaruuk

            There’s an old Australian stockman, lyin’, dyin’….

            Oh yeah….I know it REAL well. 😉

            “Tan me ‘ide when I’m dead Fred,
            tan..me ‘ide….when I’m…dead.

            So we tanned his ‘ide when he died Clyde,
            an’ that’s it hangin’ on the shed…..All t’gether now… 🙂

          • Treesong
            Treesong

            There was a late-night chat show on KDKA Pittsburgh that I used to listen to 50-odd years ago when that Rolf Harris song was new, and a lady called in to ask if it reflected actual Australian funeral practices. Wendy King, answering the call, had trouble not laughing.

          • Nobody Special
            Nobody Special

            Play me digereedoo, Lou….play me digereedoo….

  6. furrykef
    furrykef

    Probably the weirdest home invader we’ve had is a gecko. Teeny tiny little thing, maybe the length of a finger, just hanging around in the bathtub…

    • The Aussie Bloke
      The Aussie Bloke

      I had one in my bedside table for a while 😀

    • Mandy

      Lucky! I adore geckos and lizards about as much as I adore rodents. 😀

    • AeonsShadow
      AeonsShadow

      Our weirdest one was a one-eyed frog that fell from the sky into our house. My mom was outside and saw it escape from a bird in the air and jump, flew straight at out house and made it through a hole in the mesh on our screen door. We decided to keep him and we named him Gimli.

  7. Glenn
    Glenn

    The one bug I absolutely despise is the German cock roach. If you’ve got food that isn’t in air tight containers, the SOBs will get into it. They make rabbits look like they have absolutely NO idea how to breed.

    • Mandy

      Cockroaches are a notable exception to my “I’m fine with anything that has fewer than eight legs” rule. F those guys.

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        And the horse they rode in on, as a friend of mine would say. LOL.

      • Frank
        Frank

        Now I want to see your reaction to stomping a cockaroach and realizing you did it barepawed

        • Glenn
          Glenn

          Been there, done that, got the mental scars as proof.

    • AeonsShadow
      AeonsShadow

      you want to kill every cockroach in your house within a 3 day period? One part sugar, one part baking soda, mix well and place it in strategic piles around your house. they will eat eat, scurry away and then later explode. the other cockraches will eat the dead one and later also explode. after that make sure to clean up any eggs you find (they look like coffee beans or rat droppings) and repeat as necessary until all or ’em are gone.

      • Fox
        Fox

        This just sounds amusingly effective.

        • attic rat
          attic rat

          Substitute boric acid for baking soda for a more effective, if less amusing solution.

  8. nekonyan1224
    nekonyan1224

    My cats just LOOOOVE stink bugs XD
    Swatting them when the bugs are in mid-flight, pouncing on them, gently picking them up in their mouths, and actually spitting them out and repeating the process. I should get that on video sometime.

    • Glenn
      Glenn

      You should. I bet you’d get beaucoup hits on YouTube, especially if the stinkbug actually releases its chemical warfare on your cats. (BTW, I’m a cat lover so I can imagine how your cats would react.)

      • Kremlore
        Kremlore

        If you want to get a really interesting reaction from a cat put pop rocks in their litter

  9. Copper Teh Fox
    Copper Teh Fox

    Do you ever see pesky PTSD inducing critters known as spruce bugs? Wicked common up here in northern canada, bites like a mini horse. Never met anyone who doesn’t shriek when one lands on you.

  10. jmiester14
    jmiester14

    The version we have in New Jersey is pretty trigger-happy with the stink. So, since we can’t squish em’, we catch them with a tissue or toilet paper and flush em’ down the toilet.

    • NekoNyan1224
      NekoNyan1224

      Yep, I’m from New Jersey too, and I know what you mean. I try to get the little buggers before the cats get them. If I’m too late, my cat’s breath will smell much worse for an hour or more…
      Tissue or toilet paper and flush is the best way to go. One time I thought I’d be nice and let it fly away outside once I had it in a tissue, but noooo, it had to be a jerk and fly back inside. XP

  11. Nessa
    Nessa

    Actually, Franks can and will bite and people do get allergic reactions from them. They also do lay eggs in the house during winter. They’ll get into the dark cracks and lay them there.

    Otherwise, yes, they are incredibly stupid too.

    • Mandy

      Not the kind we get.

      Had em for years. Never an issue.
      Your mileage may vary, there are species of Frank that look incredibly similar and I have no experience to comment on their habits or demeanor.

  12. DaveEscape
    DaveEscape

    All right, if I am dead honest I have no idea what to post; so I’ll just post this courtesy of SMITE. Enjoy.

  13. Ranstone
    Ranstone

    No… Just…No… No love for stinkbugs. A few years back, we had an infestation of Biblical proportions. A room of 60 square feet had around 15 of the freaks. Coexisting wasn’t an option. These creeps apparently believed that the only way into bug-Valhalla was to purposely get smooshed and leave your stanky stink on the unfortunate recipient. We never tried to scoosh them, but literally, you’d be sitting down, and they’d fly right under your caboose, then stare happily as you unknowingly turned them into a pancake. Reaching for the stiff faucet? “Zzzzzzip!” They’d fly right where your fingers had enough force to smash em. And to top it all off, the little guys would follow me around the bathroom and stare at me with that goofy face of theirs. Even if I turned them away, or put something in front of them, they would turn/walk around and find a way to stand and stare right at me.

    All in all, I have been scarred for life by frank.

    • Fox
      Fox

      I’m glad we don’t have this issue, but that made me chuckle all the same.

  14. Uncle Bilbo
    Uncle Bilbo

    We have stinkbugs here but they never detonate, so we have wondered if they only look like stinkbugs. We do have desert centipedes that can be as long as your forearm. Fortunately the ones that come into the house only run in the 3 to 6 inch range. I do have two ‘disabled’ grey foxes that live in the house, one deaf and the other lame, but they were adopted, although a wild grey moved into my little horse barn uninvited two years ago and never left. At least she and her spring kits keep the chipmunks out of the oats.

  15. Blue62
    Blue62

    Invasive species are no joke- we’re set to lose a huge chunk of our ash tree population due to Emerald Ash Borer.

    But these guys seem cute enough! XD

    ps: Fred can go to hell. Nailed one once and hardly felt bad when the carcass was set upon by pharaoh ants….except then it took another year to get rid of those protien eating bastards >.<

  16. attic rat
    attic rat

    I’ve had plenty of trouble with squash bugs–which are pretty much the same as stink bugs, except they don’t stink unless squished. They’ll spread diseases that kill squash plants, which makes my otherwise peace-loving, garden-tending self VERY ANGRY..!

  17. Kyle
    Kyle

    I live in the Indiana area and my house gets lots of spiders including black widows and brown recluses

  18. Verp
    Verp

    I’m an entomologist by training, so I’m the sort of person who finds critters that freak most people out deeply fascinating. Being a sehlat puts me at the top of the food chain, so most creatures are at most something to be cautious around. That, and being a carnivore means I like to watch them move about doing things.

  19. Gthefurrybiker
    Gthefurrybiker

    We don’t have stink bugs in the UK, but i bought a motorcycle engine casing from the states that was wrapped in brown paper and contained about a dozen of these wee beasties. Thought i’d located them all but then whilst heating the casing with a blowtorch to remove a barrel stud from the casing one flew out of a hidey hole. It’s probably still in my shed hibernating…

    • Glenn
      Glenn

      If I was you, I’d make sure I found that bugger (no pun intended there) and eliminated it. America has enough unintentional invasive species that have NO predators. We don’t want the rest of the world having them too.

  20. Kyle
    Kyle

    I’ve been thinking about making metal skirts by welding sheets of metal together then fitting them aroun my fridge and laundry appliances to make them flush with the wall. It would decrease the number of places bugs could lay eggs in my house but I don’t know if it would work

  21. Frank
    Frank

    I’m innocent! I swear!

    • Ranstone
      Ranstone

      Liez! Leave me alone! :O

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