Stink Bugs Seeking Shelter

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

One of America’s top agricultural pests is also a significant nuisance pest for homeowners. Stink bugs will seek out warm areas to over-winter, and that includes our homes. These insects prefer to spend the summer in fields where they mate, lay eggs and feast on crops, but when the weather turns cold, they migrate toward buildings for shelter.

Researchers are using this year’s migration to study which characteristics of homes – color, size, location, etc. – are attractive to stink bugs. Until it can be determined what they’re attracted to, stink bugs can be prevented with common pest-proofing techniques.