A Solution to Those Pesky Bugs!

STINK BUGS

Guess who’s back for a visit?

The stink bug, is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. It was accidentally introduced into the United States, with the first specimen being collected in September 1998. The brown stink bug is considered to be an agricultural pest, and by 2010-11 has become a season-long pest in U.S. orchards.

The brown stink bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from China or Japan. It is believed to have "hitched a ride" as a stowaway in packing crates. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 1998.

The brown stink bug is more likely to invade homes in the fall than others in the family. The bug survives the winter as an adult by entering houses and structures when autumn evenings become colder.

Adults can live from several months to a year.

They will enter under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through. Once inside the house, they will go into a state of hibernation. They wait for winter to pass, but often the warmth inside the house causes them to become active, and they may fly clumsily around light fixtures.

The odor from the stink bug has been characterized as a "pungent odor that smells like cilantro."

 

Plans to get rid of them:

Predators

 

In China, Trissolcus halyomorphae, a parasitoid wasp species in the family Scelionidae, is a primary predator. This species is not currently present in the U.S., but is undergoing study for possible introduction by 2013. Several other species of the parasitoid wasp have been documented attacking stink bug eggs in a Virginia soybean field. Some species of spiders and praying mantises will attack adult stink bugs