Brown marmorated stink bugs are relatively new to America; they arrived via shipping containers from Asia in the mid-1990s. While they are beneficial bugs to the outdoor world, they are a nuisance to homeowners and business owners alike. Allow us to answer a few questions about the brown marmorated stink bug and explain how you can safeguard your home from these pests.
Why are brown marmorated stink bugs in my home?
With warm weather here to stay, you may see an increase in brown marmorated stink bugs in your home. But they aren’t trying to escape the warm, outdoor weather… they’re trying to get back to it! If you spot a few wandering brown marmorated stink bugs in your home, it’s likely that they’ve been there for the entire winter season.
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You probably didn’t notice them because when they snuck into your home during fall, they found a warm place to hide and entered the diapause state where they remained inactive throughout winter.
Are brown marmorated stink bugs a threat?
Brown marmorated stink bugs are more of a nuisance than a threat. They do not bite, and they are not harmful to people or pets. But they may cause allergy symptoms to flare due to their compounds being released into the air. Allergy symptoms associated with pest particles include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Itchy Throat
- Itchy Skin (if contact was made)
Even though stink bugs aren’t a threat, you don’t want to share your home with these odorous pests! Our team can skillfully prevent an infestation.
Why are they called stink bugs?
When brown marmorated stink bugs feel threatened or are crushed, they release a foul pheromone into the air. It’s double bad news, as it smells bad to you AND attracts other stink bugs to the site. If you spot a stink bug, use a paper towel to scoop it up and put it back outside. You don’t want to touch it with your bare hands, as if it might release the odorous pheromone on your skin.
Do they reproduce indoors?
No, you don’t have to worry about two stink bugs creating a colony in your home. They only reproduce and eat when they are outdoors. But they’re attracted to your home because it offers dry, warm places to enter diapause.