Do stink bugs bite?
No. Stink bugs neither sting nor bite, and they are not known to transmit disease.
Do stink bugs mate and lay eggs inside my house?
No; their only purpose in being inside is for shelter and warmth. They will not mate until they are outdoors in the spring and summer.
How many eggs does a female stink bug lay?
Each female stink bug can produce at least 400 eggs throughout the spring and summer months.
What do stink bugs do to plants?
The stink bug is a huge agricultural pest, feeding on a wide variety of host plants. Crops attacked include everything from apples to zucchini. Stink bugs have also been reported on many ornamental shrubs and trees. The spots left by their feeding render fruits and vegetables unmarketable. Tens of millions of dollars in damage to farmers have already been reported in the mid-Atlantic states.
What is the stink bugs' 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.
Why are there so many stink bugs in my house?
Stink bugs enter homes in the fall to overwinter. They can get in through cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, underneath wood fascia and through openings near attics.
Why do they stink?
When threatened, stink bugs emit a chemical secretion as a defensive measure. Contrary to popular belief, the scent will not attract more stink bugs to that location because it serves as a warning signal to other stink bugs.
How does it kill stink bugs?
Stink bugs are lured inside the trap, where they dehydrate.
How does the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap work indoors?
Used indoors from late winter through early spring, the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap lures these pest insects with a special blue LED attachment that plugs into a wall outlet or battery pack. The light needs to be visible to stink bugs where they are active. The stink bugs crawl or fly to the trap, walk up the green ‘fins’ and through the cone, and get trapped inside the clear chamber where they dehydrate.