Stink Bugs

Halyomorpha halys
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Brown marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996. The stink bug earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed. Many other insects have these same characteristics, including some species of ants, beetles and other bugs. 

Pest Stats

Color

Mottled grayish-brown

Legs

6

Shape

Triangular or shield

Size

3/4" long

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found in the eastern half of the U.S., as well as California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas

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Habits

In general, adult stink bugs feed on fruits and nymphs feed on leaves, stems and fruit. Stink bugs search for overwintering sites in late fall to find shelter from the winter weather. They reemerge in early spring and become active.

 

Habitat

Adult stink bugs occasionally enter homes and other structures when searching for overwintering sites. During warm months, they often congregate en masse on the sides of buildings. 

Threats

Stink bugs have the potential to spread throughout the country, which could be harmful to the agricultural industry, as they destroy crops. Although stink bugs are not known to bite humans, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance.