stink bug on a leaf

What do stink bugs look like? 

Stink bugs are part of the order Hemiptera and are also referred to as “shield bugs” because of the triangular plate located on their backs. This species is not native to the United States and was introduced into Pennsylvania in 1998 from Eastern Asia. A small gland located on this insect’s thorax allows them to emit an unpleasant odor which they were named for. Stink bugs bodies are mottled brown and some adults have patches of copper or metallic colors on their heads. Adults grow to about ¾”, and they are about as long as they are wide, with six thin legs extending from the sides of their body.

stink bug on a rock

Are stink bugs dangerous?

Stink bugs are agricultural pests that have the ability to damage a wide variety of crops and plants and they are a threat to the agricultural industry. They use their specialized mouth parts to pierce the outside “skin” of a plant and suck out its liquids. The damage caused during the feeding process renders the fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants unfit for sale. Stinks bugs pose no direct danger to people as they don’t bite or sting and aren’t known to spread diseases.

Will stink bugs damage my house and property?

Stink bugs are often found inside homes, but they won’t damage its structure or the belongings stored inside. However, keeping them out of your home and avoiding coming into contact with them is advised. The potent odor stink bugs emit has the potential to overwhelm any indoor space.

Why do I have a stink bug problem?

Stink bugs breed in the summer months, maturing into adults in the fall. When the weather cools down in the late fall, adult stink bugs often seek indoor shelter to overwinter. After gathering on the warm, sunny sides of buildings, they can move inside through cracks around windows and doors, exterior walls, and the roof line. Once inside they move into attic spaces, behind walls, under floors, and in crawl spaces. They move back outside once the weather warms up in the spring.

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

To take care of a stink bug infestation completely, contact the pest control professionals at All Pest Control & Solutions. Serving Salem and the New River Valley areas, our professionals inspect properties, develop a plan of action, and then implement! The end result, 100% satisfaction guaranteed stink bug control for your property.

Do the pest professionals at All Pest Control have stink bug-prevention tips?

Preventing stink bugs from getting into your home can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to deter these household-invading pests.

  • Stop stink bugs from finding their way into your home by sealing all entry points in the foundation and exterior walls.
  • Repair holes along the roof line.
  • Install weather-stripping around windows and doors.
  • Put mesh covers over vents and chimney openings leading into your home.
  • Place vegetable and fruit gardens a distance away from the outside of your home.
  • Stink bugs and many other insects are attracted to light. Replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow or LED light bulbs which they are less attracted to.

Reach out to All Pest Control for more tips or to get your home the professional pest prevention it needs.


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