How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

stink bug controlThe stink bug belongs to the family of shield bugs. They were accidentally introduced into the United States in 1998. They originate from China, Japan, and Taiwan. They can be found near human settlements, in gardens, orchards, and on the agricultural fields. They’re considered pests because they invade homes for warmth. Usually, they enter homes in late summer and fall, so every homeowner needs to know hot to get rid of stink bugs.

Stink Bug Appearance

Stink bugs are large, oval, or shield-shaped insects. Adult stink bugs can reach almost 2 cm in length. Usually, their bodies are as wide as they’re long. They are easily recognized by their shield-like bodies. They have a pair of wings, long antennae on the top of the head, and three pairs of legs. Some of the species are brightly colored. The most common ones are brownish or green. The dorsal side of their body is covered with reddish, gray, white, or black markings. The stink bug is also known as a marmorated bug because of the marble-like coloration of their body.

Stink Bug Behavior

Stink bugs got their name from the unpleasant odor of the chemical released when you crush them or when they’re defending against predators. Stink bugs eat leaves, fruits, flowers, and crops. They also eat other pests like caterpillars. These bugs are agricultural pests that can cause widespread damage to crops and fruits. They have been found feeding on apples, soybeans, tomatoes, green peppers, and corn.

Risks of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs can bite when threatened. Their bite is painful and can induce swelling and redness of the skin.

Stink bugs hibernate during the winter and when they have found a suitable place they release an odorless substance to invite other stink bugs to join them. One house can be a home to thousands of stink bugs during the winter. They move into the home through cracks and other openings.

Effects of a Stink Bug Infestation

Farmers usually detect stink bugs by the damage they cause to their crops. Homeowners detect them by their massive invasions in the fall. These insects are tough — they are even resistant to some pesticides. They can also cause allergic reactions in some individuals who are sensitive to the stink bugs’ odor.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

The best way to get rid of stink bugs is to exercise proper pest control. Before they start to move inside your house, you should seal all possible entry points. You should also replace damaged screens on doors and windows. Once stink bugs invade your home, it’s hard to remove them. When you notice stink bugs in large numbers, you should call a pest control professional because it’s hard to get rid of these tough pests on your own.

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