Stink Bugs Detail

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Color

Mottled grayish-brown

Legs6
Antennaeyes
RegionFound in the eastern half of the U.S., as well as California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas

Shape

Triangular or Shield

Size

3/4″ long

Habits

In general, adult stink bugs feed on fruits and nymphs feed on leaves, stems and fruit. Stink bugs search for overwintering sites in late fall to find shelter from the winter weather. They reemerge in early spring and become active.

Habitat

Adult stink bugs occasionally enter homes and other structures when searching for overwintering sites. During warm months, they often congregate en masse on the sides of buildings.

Threats

Stink bugs have the potential to spread throughout the country, which could be harmful to the agricultural industry, as they destroy crops. Although stink bugs are not known to bite humans, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance.

Stink Bug Prevention

To prevent stink bugs from entering homes and buildings, seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings. Use a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced. A licensed pest professional can treat for stink bugs in the late summer or fall just prior to bug congregation.

If you need to get rid of stink bugs that have already entered a home or building, a vacuum cleaner can aid in the removal of live or dead stink bugs. The bag must be discarded to prevent odor from permeating the area. If an infestation has developed inside the home or building, a licensed stink bug control operator should be called to evaluate and assess the problem.