Stink Bugs

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.
 

Geographical Region

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are native to Asia, but were accidentally introduced in Pennsylvania and have brought an infestation throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states. They have also been found in the midwest and on the west coast at nuisance levels.
 

Natural Habitat

Stink bugs lay eggs on leaves and feed in gardens, field crops, orchards and fruit trees.
 

Weather Conditions

Stink bugs are most active during warm days in spring and summer, when foliage and gardens are at their peak.
 

Behavior

Stink bugs damage fruit, vegetables and farm crops -- but when they invade the indoors in colder weather, they emit an unpleasant odor if threatened.
 

Unique characteristics

  • 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.
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