Stink bugs

Identification

  • Colour Brown, copper, blue, green, orange, yellow
  • Size From 10 mm to 20 mm long
  • Description Have a carapace shaped like a shield. Their coloration varies between species.

General Facts

Why do I have stink bugs?

There are more than 260 species of stink bug in North America, including the brown marmorated stink bug, which is considered to be an invasive species. Other common stink bugs include the green stink bug and the brown stink bug. Stink bugs thrive in warmer temperatures, often sheltering in tree bark, weeds, and similar outdoor environments, only invading homes as winter approaches in fall. They feed on a broad variety of fruits, vegetables, plants, and trees, including legumes, peppers, tomatoes, corn, snap beans, apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, persimmons, berries, grapes, soybeans, elm trees, and oaks.

How worried should I be about stink bugs?

Stink bugs contaminate and render unmarketable the crops they consume, creating undesirable discolouration and distortion known as cat facing, so are considered a major agricultural pest. When crushed underfoot or disturbed, the bugs emit a foul odour, which can trigger allergic reactions like rhinitis or conjunctivitis. Stink bugs can reproduce quickly, with females laying several hundred eggs each summer and stink bugs developing from egg to adult in only five weeks. In the right conditions, they can produce four generations every year. A stink bug infestation can quickly get out of hand, so to ensure it is eradicated completely, it is best to get the help of a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent stink bugs invading?

Seal cracks and crevices in foundations, Repair damaged door and window screens, Check siding, utility pipes, and chimneys, Seal off any openings stink bugs could use, Trim back outdoor vegetation, Vacuum up any existing stink bugs

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