What is a stink bug?
The most common variety of stink bug is the brown marmorated stink bug, which is what we’ll be focusing on this page. Brown marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species that found their way to the United States from Asia in the mid-1990s.
They’re shield-shaped insects that come in shades of mottled dark brown, with banded wings and straight antennae. Their average size is between 12 and 17 mm in length (about ½ inch).
A single female will lay between 20 and 30 eggs that she’ll secure hidden on a host plant each summer. The eggs hatch in less than a week, usually around four days. Within a few months, all these new babies will be adults that start their own reproductive cycle the following summer.
Are stink bugs dangerous?
Stink bugs don’t normally bite, and, in fact, their mouths are not designed to pierce human skin. Some people may get a stink bug rash after an allergic reaction to the compounds they release.
On the rare occasion you are bit by a stink bug bite or notice a stink bug bite mark, keep the bite area clean and relieve itching with a cold compress. If the bite becomes infected or you experience unusual symptoms, consult your doctor.
They may not be a physical threat, but they are capable of being a considerable nuisance. Stink bugs like to chew up any greenery they can find including your house plants and gardens. Another distinct feature of stink bugs is the namesake odor they emit when crushed (which is why when it comes to removing them, it’s always better to call a professional).
Why do I have stink bugs?
Honestly, you were just unlucky. Due to their distinctive flat body-shape, these bugs are adept at getting in through cracks and difficult places that most other bugs can’t. They don’t like cold weather, so they’re especially inclined to burrow inside through imperceptible cracks, holes, or tears around all home entrances.
Stink bugs are attracted to light and warmth, so don’t be surprised to find them on or around your porch while they plan their way inside. Once inside they often congregate in south facing windowsills.
How can I prevent stink bugs?
As with most pests, stink bug prevention means you as a homeowner secure your home. Make sure all cracks around doors and windows are sealed with caulk, repair any torn or damaged window screens, make sure all your weather stripping is up to date, and stay aware of how easy their small bodies can fit through even the most minuscule opening.
Gregory knows how to take care of a stink bug infestation.
An expert exterminator from Gregory Pest Solutions will be your full-service pest solutions provider specializing in effective stink bug control and prevention for your home or business. We’ve been exterminating stink bugs in homes and businesses since 1972 and we kill stink bugs in attics, basements or wherever you find them.
Whether your problem is seeing a few or an entire nest of stink bugs, our experts will develop a plan of action that will eliminate any that are currently in your property and prevent them from becoming re-established in the future. Using expert knowledge, targeted baits, and similar efforts, we can guarantee you peace-of-mind knowing that stink bugs will not continue to be a problem for you.
Where can I get help with stink bugs?
When you have a pest problem, you want the best in the business to take care of it for you. That’s where Gregory Pest Solutions comes in. If you live in any of the states below, you’re in our service area. That means that you’re only a phone call away from our comprehensive commercial and residential pest control services.
Whether you’re based in North Carolina, or one of the many other states we serve, Gregory Pest Solutions has got you covered. If you woke up to find stink bugs in your bed, get in touch today using the links below.