Stink Bugs

Stink Bug

The Insect

Stink bugs are a menace in the garden and maddening in the home. They damage fruit, vegetables and farm crops – but when they invade the indoors in colder weather, they really raise a stink. With no effective natural enemies, stink bugs have been discovered in 38 states to this point – most recently in Oregon and Utah.

The stink bug has been called a "terrorist bug"; its spread deemed a "national crisis". It has received major media attention since September 2010 when its populations exploded in the U.S.. RESCUE!® was the first established lawn & garden product manufacturer to offer an answer to the growing problem.

Stink Bug

Life cycle

In April/May, adult stink bugs emerge and start moving outside to mate and lay eggs on leaves of plants and trees.

From May through August, flightless, juvenile stink bugs, called nymphs, hatch and start feeding on vegetables and fruit.

From July to September, nymphs become adult stink bugs, which can fly, and continue feeding in gardens, field crops, orchards and fruit trees.

September/October: As plants are harvested and food sources dry up, stink bugs begin seeking shelter to overwinter. Homes are a prime target.

October-April: Stink bugs overwinter in sheltered locations, typically in attics. They become a nuisance around the house in early spring.

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Stink Bug Chart