The stink bug gets its name from its ability to release an odor when they are disturbed or crushed. Stink bugs have a triangular or shield shape.
- Enter homes and other structures in the winter for shelter and emerge from their hiding spaces in early spring.
- Mostly feed on plants and crops.
- Some species feed off of other pests such as caterpillars and other crop damaging pests. This species of stink bug is used as a natural pest control for crops.
- When disturbed, they release a foul smelling fluid from their pores to protect themselves from predators.
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
- Kudzu Bug
- Can damage plants and crops.
- Invade homes in large numbers.
- Seal cracks and crevices around the structure of your home so they cannot enter.
- Do not shine outside lights directly onto your home…this will attract stink bugs to your home.
- Use a vacuum to get rid of stink bugs. Empty contents of vacuum into a tightly sealed trash bag and dispose of immediately. Do NOT crush! Crushing will cause them to emit their infamous odor.
- Because of their ability to invade en masse, contact Northwest Exterminating if a stink bug infestation happens in your home or business.
Other pests to look out for: