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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any fish that will eat shield bugs?

Recently, my house has become overrun with shield bugs, and it is driving me mad. I was at a point where I was letting over 100 bug outside EVERY DAY, and they were just the ones from my bedroom! Of course I tied a solution to this problem in with my hobby, and a question popped into my head:

Are there any fish that would eat these shield bugs?

I searched for natural predators, but with no luck in finding anything. Does anyone know if there's a fish that would eat them?

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-28-2010, 07:14 PM
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Um.... what the heck is a shield bug?

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-28-2010, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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The brown stink bugs. They were accidentally introduced from Asia and are now taking over everything.

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 04:49 AM
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Oh I've heard of stink bugs. Did someone decide shield bug was a kinder more politiically correct option for the poor bugs? LOL.

No clue on a fish that will eat them. If we could come up with one (or one that would eat bedbugs), we'd be set for life.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 06:59 AM
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well im not entirely sure about how safe it is to feed shield bugs to anything. not sure if they are toxic or not but i see that you have african butterfly fish. they like eating insects. are they big enough to eat the bugs? if so, you could try popping one in the tank. at your own risk though, not sure how safe they are but i do tend to throw any bugs small enough for my fish into my tanks. theyre usually small flies or spiders though.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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I already tried feeding it to her; she didn't like it at all... haha It was a little too big for her as well.
I also tried feeding it to my dad's Jack dempsey and he ate it but spit it out piece by piece. I seriously don't know anything that will eat these things...

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 08:18 AM
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if im not mistaken, they have a bad taste... sorry just remembered this fact. some animals or insects taste bad so that it deters other animals from eating them. i did my research and found that they have a toxic liquid that they release when threatened. This liquid is bitter tasting and has a bad odour. I checked out the predators and it said birds, spiders and other beetles. It said that birds don't favour the bugs and it'll be pretty hard to feed them to spiders and it didn't specify what kind of beetles. How did this infestation start anyway? Find out how they are getting into your home and block of those areas, then just keep getting rid of them until theres none left. Sorry thats all I can suggest or you could ask your neighbours how they are dealing with it as the infestation can't just be in your house alone. Hope this helps.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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I've already done all of those things. haha I've been dealing with it for some time now, and the numbers are finally starting to diminish. I knew about the odorous liquid they secrete, I was just wondering if there was any fish that didn't mind the taste so much. The only thing I've seen eat them are spiders, but from what I've seen, the bugs are too big to stay in the webs. Oh well, I'll just have to deal with them I guess.

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 09:46 AM
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NUKE THE HOUSE!!!!!!
or you could just give pest control or something a call...
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-29-2010, 03:42 PM
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I don't know, but I swear, stink bugs are taking over the world!! (at least in PA :P LOL)

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