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Welcome to Stink Bug Help

Tired of being invaded by those annoying and pesky Stink Bugs?  You've come to the right place...

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Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name

Family Pentatomidae

Identification

Stink bugs are true bugs, called Hemiptera.  They have a piercing mouthpart that is made for sucking and are equipped with straight antennas.  The vast majority of stink bugs all have the characteristic 'shield shape' body.  Most stink bugs are plant feeders, but some stink bugs are predatory.  We are mainly focusing on the most common one, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys).

An adult brown marmorated stink bug is about 1/2" to 3/4" in length.  Like other stink bugs, its body length and width are about the same.  The adult stink bug is a mottled brown color.  There are typically lighter bands on the antennae and darker bands along the front wings.

The immature stink bug is called a nymph and can be identified by its yellow and red with red eyes.  As it grows to adulthood, the yellow lightens to an off-white color.

Diet and Behavior Patterns

Like most other stink bugs, the brown marmorated is a pest of most vegetables and fruits.  It is common to find stink bugs feeding on apples, peaches, blackberries, green peppers, corn, soybeans, lima beans and especially tomatoes.

No, stink bugs cannot bite, pinch or sting so there is nothing to worry about for humans and pets.

Like other stink bugs, this insect pierces the skin of the fruit with its mouth in order to feed.  After feeding, the stink bug leaves.  As the wound closes the fruit continues to grow, however, it often develops a mutated scar that resembles the face of a feline.

Among being an agricultural pest, the brown marmorated stink bug is often an annoying bug in homes, too.  In late summer adult stink bugs usually gather onto the exterior of homes.  The stink bugs are beginning to seek sheltered places to spend the winter months.

Stink bugs move inside the home through cracks and other openings available to them.  They will spend the winter hiding inside the walls or in an attic or crawl space when possible.  When spring comes, stink bugs become active once again and they begin to move around again.

Inside the home, stink bugs will often gather on walls, windows and doors seeking a way back outside.  Homeowners are usually and understandably upset to find these bugs inside their home.

Their large size and unpleasant odor can make them very unwelcome anywhere. However, stink bugs only stink when a foul secretion is released from a gland when they are agitated or squashed.

Reproduction

Female stink bugs will typically lay between 20 to 30 eggs, which she secures on the underside of a leaf on a host plant during the summer months. The eggs will hatch four or five days later and the nymphs, as they are called, will also begin to feed on plants and vegetables.  Nymph stink bugs undergo a series of molts until they become adult-size by autumn.

More About

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is native to Asia.  It has been a known agricultural pest and annoyance to homeowners in China, Japan and Korea.

It was first collected in the United States in 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  It is now found in many parts of the country from Maine to Mississippi and from Oregon to Florida.

Pest Control

Homeowners can reduce the amount of brown marmorated stink bug from entering the home by sealing as many entryways as possible.  First, inspect your home for cracks around doors and windows and seal them closed with caulk.  Unscreened vents in attics and crawl spaces can be protected with window screen from the hardware store.  All torn or damaged window screens should also be repaired at that time.  Weather stripping can seal gaps under exterior doors and greatly reduce the number of stink bugs that can enter the home.

Unfortunately, once stink bugs invade the home when the weather begins to cool at the end of summer, they can be difficult to remove.  While residing in the home over the winter months, they do not feed and will not reproduce.  They will, however, become active once again on a warm winter day or in early spring.  When the warmer days of spring arrive, the stink bugs will arouse from their hiding places in the home and seek a way back outside.  They will not usually return until the next fall.  If the homeowner is experiencing  stink bugs over the winter months, pest products can be purchased at StinkBugHelp.com where homeowners can select the most effective control materials and determine the best course of actions to reduce or prevent another reoccurence.