Stink Bug Identification
Stink bugs are a type of agricultural pest that feed on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which can be found growing on farms, in orchards, and in gardens. Some of their favorites include apples, peaches, tomatoes, corn, soybeans, and peppers. The adult stink bugs will pierce the skin of the fruit or vegetable and use their specialized sucking mouthparts to feed on it.
Stink bugs get their very descriptive name from the foul smelling odor that they emit from glands located under their thorax. They will release this odor as a defense mechanism, or when they are squished or crushed. When inside a home, the smell that they produce can be quite potent and overwhelming.
Adult stink bugs, or shield bugs as they are commonly referred to, are a mottled grayish-brown in color and have a distinctive triangular plate (shield) on their backs. Adults can grow to be ¾ of an inch in length and are almost as long as they are wide; they have 6 legs, and antennae.
Dangers Associated With Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are not a threat to people or pets. They are a nuisance, structure invading insect, although they do not cause damage to wood or wood surfaces.
Stink Bug Prevention
In the fall months when the weather begins to cool large numbers of stink bugs will gather on the warm, sunny sides of homes and other buildings. As they crawl up the side of a home’s exterior walls and/or foundation they will enter through small cracks and crevices found in them, along with gaps and spaces found under and around windows and doors. Once inside, they will overwinter behind walls and underneath floors.
The best way to prevent problems with these stinky pests is to inspect the exterior of your home and fix any openings that may allow them inside. Seal any cracks and crevices found in your home’s exterior walls; install door sweeps or be sure existing ones are in good working order; and seal spaces found around air conditioners, wires, pipes, and other utilities that are entering your home. It is also important to make sure that window and door screens are completely intact and to caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.
Stink Bug Control
The best and least smelly way to completely get rid of a stink bug problem is with the help of a stink bug control professional. At ChemTec, our pest control technicians will determine how stink bugs are entering, find their hiding areas and remove them. We also offer home pest control services that provide year-round protection from common household pests and, of course, stink bugs.