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 45 states to this point, with only a handful of states so far unaffected in between both coasts.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are native to Asia, but were accidentally introduced in Pennsylvania and have brought an infestation starting in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states and moving westward. They are now causing increasing problems on the West Coast.
Stink bugs lay eggs on leaves and feed in gardens, field crops, orchards and fruit trees.
Stink bugs are most active outdoors during warm days in spring and summer, when foliage and gardens are at their peak.
Stink bugs damage fruit, vegetables and farm crops -- but when they invade the indoors in colder weather, they emit an unpleasant odor if threatened.
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are shaped like a shield, with various shades of brown on both the top and undersides.
- The unique markings include alternating light bands on the antennae and alternating dark bands on the thin outer edge of the abdomen.
- The legs are brown with faint white mottling or banding.
- The stink glands are located on the underside of the thorax, between the first and second pair of legs, and on the dorsal surface of the abdomen.