Stink Bugs

Scientific Name: Halyomorpha halys

The brown marmorated stink bug is native to China, Japan, and Taiwan but was accidentally introduced in the U.S. in 1998. By 2010-2011 it had become a season-long agricultural pest in orchards throughout the states. They primarily feed on fruits and vegetables and can completely ruin a crop if not managed. In the late summer months, they will try to make their way into your home to find shelter for the winter. They are called stink bugs due to their unpleasant oder.

Halyomorpha halys
A Brown marmorated stink bug female from a laboratory colony on a common bean leaf
By Yerpo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Identify Stink Bugs

“The adults are approximately 1.7 centimetres (0.67 in) long and about as wide, forming the shield shape characteristic of other stink bugs. They are various shades of brown on both the top and undersides, with gray, off-white, black, copper, and bluish markings. Markings unique to this species 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.”

Information provided by Wikipedia

Stink Bugs Control

To discourage these insects and other pests from entering your home, seal all cracks in your foundation and around entryways like doors and windows. Additionally you can install screens on your windows and on the vents in your attic and crawl space. If they have already invaded your home they can be difficult to remove. Contact a pest professional to identify and treat a stink bug infestation in your home.

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