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Stink Bugs

Example of Stink Bugs

There are a wide variety of Stink Bugs in North America, and they are found in almost every area of the U.S. Most Stink Bugs are shaped like a shield, are brown in color, and are large, up to 17 mm in length. Stink Bugs get their name from the stinky odor they emit by producing a smelly chemical in their glands when they are threatened. Some species can spray this chemical several inches.

Stink Bugs feed on plant fluids by inserting their needlelike mouthparts into the plant. This causes agricultural damage as small seedlings may be killed or produce stunted plants. Stink Bugs enter homes to find a place to overwinter, and homeowners may not be aware of them until their mass invasions in the fall or in the spring, when they gather on windows and walls.

These unwelcome pests are a nuisance when they enter a residence and can be difficult to remove. To best control these pests in and around your home or business, contact a pest control professional.