Origin and Characteristics
Originally from China, the Stink Bug was first discovered in the United States in the late 1990’s. Since then, they have managed to stink up about 90% of the country spreading throughout 40 states! They are typically between ½ inch to 1-inch long. This invasive pest lives up to its name. When stink bugs are disturbed or crushed, they leave an unpleasant odor. Another reason they stink (other than their odor) is because they are a problematic pest to crops. In the summer months they feed on various crops causing them to rot and go to waste.
Although the presence of these pests can be a nuisance, they are harmless. They are not a result of poor sanitation and they do not cause any kind of damage to the home. In the spring time, they are mainly active outdoors looking to feed and reproduce. Come winter, they are trying to move indoors to stay warm.
One or two stink bugs can be easy to handle on your own. To prevent the stink bug from releasing an odor, you can simply use a shop-vac or a spare vacuum to vacuum it up. Be sure to change the bag shortly after! If stinkbugs are a nuisance to your garden, you can try planting sunflowers or marigolds which will help attract beneficial insects that feed on stink bug eggs. You could also try planting mint. The smell of mint tends to deter stinkbugs. If stinkbugs keep appearing – consider giving us a call at (614)771-8605! We can provide service with warranty. Or book a free inspection online by clicking here!
With spring time just around the corner, remember that these plants are natural stink bug repellents!
McLeod, J. (2018, March 22). Attack of the Stinkbugs! Retrieved from https://www.farmersalmanac.com/attack-of-the-stinkbugs-17947