What’s that smell? The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a relatively new pest to the US. It is believed to have hitched a ride in shipping containers from Asia mainly within the past 10 years and is quickly causing a stink wherever it goes. It can damage crops and plants, but the primary irritant is that it likes to congregate with all it's primeval-looking friends, particularly in houses. This "swarming" behavior happens in the fall as temperatures start to change and they begin to look for a warm place to winter. It is known as a stink bug because of it's strong offensive odor.
What does a stinkbug look like?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has six legs, and light brown plates over its shield shaped body. It looks like it could be a dinosaur, but it’s only about 3/4” long, so it wouldn’t be a very scary dinosaur.
Why do stinkbugs smell?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has developed a system of protection from predators such as lizards and birds, which is to emit a nasty smell from holes in their abdomen. Unlucky for the person who grabs one of these guys, they too will find themselves victims of this odiferous attack.
What damage do stinkbugs do?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in particular is a ferocious agricultural pest. They live together in large numbers, so when they attack a crop it can be devastating. They prefer fruit and ornamental trees, but will eat a wide range of vegetables as well.
What should I do if I see a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug?
Call Ace Walco for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our friendly professionals. They will help identify what the problem is and the best way to mitigate it. To avoid having a stinkbug infestation in your home, make sure to practice exclusionary mitigation by sealing all cracks and holes, and being vigilant about who’s creeping around.