|Body Structure||Stink bugs have a distinct shield-shaped body. They have six legs as well as antennae. The stink bug’s legs extend from the sides, making the bugs appear larger than they are, and the adults have wings that they fold on top of their body when they land.|
|Habitat & Behavior||Stink bugs are pests that stick together as a group. In warm weather, the pests will congregate together on plants, sidewalks, or the sunny sides of buildings. As with others, stink bugs start to look for places to overwinter in the fall and by the colder months, have made their way inside of structures through cracks, windows, or even on pets. Once they have found a place they would like to stay for the winter, the bugs will release a pheromone to let others know, which is why if you’ve seen one stink bug in your home, you will likely see more.|
|Commonly Active||Spring / Summer / Fall|
|Prevention & Treatment||Stink bugs are an aggravation for homeowners. These bugs aren’t dangerous to humans as they don’t bite, sting, cause structural damage, or spread disease, but they can cause a nuisance with their foul smell.
If you are a farmer, stink bugs have the potential to cause massive damage to your crops. The USDA estimates that stink bugs caused as much as $37 million in damage to U.S. apple orchards in one year alone.
The stink bug is native to Eastern Asia and was introduced to the United States in the mid-1990s.