Stink bugs are nuisances to farmers and homeowners alike. The odorous nature of stink bugs comes from their ability to emit an odor through their abdomen. They use such odor as a defense mechanism to discourage predators from eating them.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive Asian insect that began its destructive path in Pennsylvania. It is native to China and Taiwan. The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced in the U.S. circa 1998 and first seen in Michigan and Boston in 2011. While 2014 monitoring revealed that the stink bug was not detected in significants numbers, it has since infested certain areas.

Pest Activity & Behavior

Stink bugs appear in spurts and when they appear, they infest. In addition to annoying homeowners, stink bugs are destroying crops in mass quantities. Stink bugs have been known to all but wipe out crops in mid-atlantic states. They have the potential to do likewise in both Boston and Michigan.

The brown marmorated stink bug is 1/2″ to 3/4″ in length. The characteristic most troubling, however, is its ability to assemble in mass quantities. Indeed the brown marmorated stink bug is able to increase a population to tens of thousands individuals overnight. These numbers are alarming considering it sucks juices from fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately for Michigan and Boston homeowners, the brown marmorated stink bug is more likely to infest homes in the fall than other stink bugs. It can also survive the winters by overwintering indoors. While adults live for a few months to a year, the sheer number of stink bugs in an infestation can become a serious problem. They enter home through siding, around door and window frames and through soffits. Once inside, stink bugs will hibernate. If this occurs, professional pest control services are likely necessary.

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

Even though stink bugs are an aggressive pest, we can quickly and effectively treat for them using our standard Residential Insects & Spider Control service. This service includes service each season for year-round protection against stink bugs, 30+ additional bugs and mice. Call today and we’ll tell you all about it and give you a free quote!

 

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