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Stink Bugs

What do stink bugs look like?

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Adult stink bugs are a mottled grayish/brown color with patches of blue-metallic or copper on their heads. They have straight antennae and piercing, sucking mouthparts that they use for feeding. They have a unique triangular shaped plate on their backs, which is why these bugs are also referred to as “shield bugs.”  

Stink bug behaviors

As you may gather from their name, these insects have the potential to be very foul-smelling.  Stink bugs release a very strong “rotten coconut-like” liquid from glands located underneath their thorax in order to defend themselves or if they are squished.

Stink bugs are generally an outdoor agricultural pest that feeds on a variety of fruits and vegetables including: tomatoes, apples, peaches, and green peppers.  When the weather starts to cool in the fall these bugs will move to the sunny side of homes and other buildings to seek warmth.  As they crawl up the sides of these buildings, they will enter them through any gaps, cracks, and crevices that they find.

Once stink bugs are in your home they will make their way into attic spaces, wall voids, crawl spaces, and underneath floors.  Once there, they will remain until the weather warms up again in the spring and then move back outside to feed and breed once again.  It’s important to note, stink bugs will not eat or breed during their winter hibernation, known as diapause.  

Are stink bugs dangerous?

Stink bugs are not a danger to people as they do not bite or sting, but they can cause damages to agricultural crops.  Inside homes, stink bugs can become a nuisance and may prove to be difficult to find and eliminate.

Can Suburban help with a stink bug problem?

Yes, Suburban offers stink bug control services that are safe and effective against stink bug infestations.  For the best pest protection for your home, we recommend our Seasonal Pest Protection.  Offering homeowners year round pest control services, this program targets stink bugs as well as many other household pests.   

For more information about getting rid of stink bugs or to schedule your free inspection, call Suburban Exterminating today!

Stink bug prevention tips

The best way to prevent problems with stink bugs is to fix the areas found in and around your home that may allow them inside.  Make sure to seal any cracks or holes in your foundation, and fix and/or replace any loose siding. You should also caulk gaps found around windows, make sure that the screens in doors and windows are intact, and check existing door sweeps to be sure they are in good working order or install new door sweeps on all exterior doors.  It can also be helpful to place any vegetable gardens a good distance away from the exterior of your home.

 

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