The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – commonly referred to as a stink bug – is relatively new to the United States. It is believed to have entered the United States via shipping containers from Asia. Since its entrance, it has caused serious economic issues for farmers, as the stink bug enjoys highly valuable meals (crops). More than destruction of crops, stink bugs enjoy finding solstice in homes which can present a problem to homeowners. Allow us to answer several frequently asked questions about stink bugs:
What does a stink bug look like?
Stink bugs are easily identifiable by their shape, color, and size. Take a look at what an adult stink bug looks like:
- 14-17mm long
- 2 antennas
- Brown molting
- Light and dark markings on outer edge of abdomen (marmorated)
Are stink bugs dangerous to humans?
No, stink bugs are not dangerous to humans. They are not known to carry diseases or bite people. They can be a nuisance because they will release a foul odor when squished or when they feel threatened. Their presence in a home can be unsettling, but they will not hurt people or animals.
Can stink bugs cause allergies to flare?
When a stink bug releases its pungent odor, it can cause an allergic reaction like rhinitis and conjunctivitis. Many people seek effective pest control treatment to find relief from allergic reactions and eliminate the presence of stink bugs in their home.
When is “high season” for stink bugs?
Stink bugs are a year-round nuisance; however, they seek shelter in homes during the cold winter months. It is common to see them on your property or hanging out near doors or on window screens. But, once it becomes cold, they will seek entryways into your home to ditch the cold weather.