Stink Bugs: Facts, Identification & Control
How to Identify Stink Bugs
Stink bugs get their name from their tendency to release a repelling odor when crushed or disturbed. Stink bugs are shield-shaped, triangular and are about 5/8 inch long and 3/8 inch wide. Their upper body is in mottled shades of brown, gray or dark green and is covered with dense puncture marks. The underside is usually white, with gray or black markings and legs are brown with faint white banding. Their abdominal segments (banded with black and white) protrude from under their wings. Eggs of stink bugs are light green, barrel-shaped, and found in clusters.
Stink Bugs Eating and Feeding Habits
Stink bugs usually overwinter from early September through October and invade structures during this time. They reemerge in early spring and become very active. They live in gardens, orchards and farms, and feed on a large number of plants including okra, beans, tomatoes, green pepper, grapes, apples, peaches, blackberries, corn, soybeans, maple, etc. They suck plant and fruit juices, making them wilt and distorted. They also eat other pests, such as caterpillars. Stink bugs overwinter in garden debris and in weeds.
Stink bugs pose enormous threat to plants and vegetation. They can be extremely harmful to the agricultural industry if they spread wildly throughout the country. Stink bugs do not hurt humans but can be a great nuisance because they are usually found in large numbers.
How to Prevent Stink Bugs in Home
If you find any sign of stink bugs in your yard, home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best stink bug elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most-advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
- Seal entryways of your home and fill cracks with caulk.
- Protect vents with a screen.
- Vacuum clean any stink bugs and dispose off the bag immediately.
- Spray your garden area with light insecticides.
- Clean up your garden regularly and remove weeds.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Overwintering stink bugs are difficult to remove. Call Crown Pest team for the most effective solution to deal with stink bugs.
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