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How to Identify the Stink Bug
- Color: The brown marmorated stink bug is the most common species in Pennsylvania.
- Shape: Stink bugs are shaped like shields, and are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. The young stink bugs are similarly shaped, but more rounded and may be black or light green.
- Behavior: Stink bugs will congregate on exterior building walls in the fall, seeking hidden areas in which to hide for winter. They can also be a nuisance in the spring as they move further into the home and during summer, when they feed on vegetation and crops.
Stink bugs are considered a nuisance pest. They will not cause structural damage or bite and sting you. They can cause significant damage to trees, shrubs, and vines, as well as tree fruits, blackberries, corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, soybeans, and other crops.
How does a Stink Bug get its name?
Stink bugs spray a distinct smelly chemical from their abdomen when threatened. They can spray this chemical several inches when needed. Interesting enough, the chemical that is admitted by a stink bug is commonly used in food additives.
Are Stink Bugs Native to the United States?
The answer is no!! The brown marmorated stink bug is native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea. It was first discovered in the United States in eastern Pennsylvania in 1998.
Stink bugs will begin to make an appearance in the spring months. They will be out and about in search of a mate. The best way to stop an infestation is to stop them from entering your home. Please contact us, and we will be happy to make your home Stink bug free. We have been serving the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pocono, Lehigh Valley, and surrounding communities for over 17 years.