Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs

Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, bugwood.org

Description

Stink Bug is the name given to several species of insects that excrete a pungent odor from scent glands when they feel threatened. Most adult Stink Bugs are green, grey or brown and have a shield-shaped body, while one species is black with orange marks. They are small, ¼ to ¾ inches long and have piercing, sucking mouthparts.

Damage

Adult Stink Bugs lay eggs on the undersides of leaves in spring; nymphs hatch in early summer. Stink Bugs feed primarily on fruits and vegetables. They suck the sap from fruit and sometime foliage. Fruit can develop hard calluses and dents, making it look deformed. Stink Bugs can also migrate into homes and become annoying indoor pests. Prevent home entry with insecticidal sprays around the perimeter of the home.
 

Location

Stink Bugs are found throughout the United States.
 

Similar or Related Pests

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Tarnished Plant Bug

Cultural Solutions
  • Indoor Pest Control: Seal entry points around windows, doors or openings.
  • Indoor Pest Control: Use a vacuum to collect Stink Bugs.
  • Outdoor Pest Control on plants: Use floating row covers to exclude pests from vegetables.