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Everything About Stink Bugs and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG

Halyomorpha halys

Stink Bug, Shield Bug, Brown Bug, 

Stink bugs are an ever growing nuisance in Ontario, Quebec and spreading throughout the North Eastern States which is where the first stink bug found in the late 90’s after its accidental introduction. They originated in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan where they were too considered an agricultural pest. Although its attraction to the warmth and indoors and its ability to remain in suspended animation for long periods of time means the stink bug can infest a house or structure for the winter looking for places to hibernate.

Stink bugs are known to produce an odor that is comparable to that of rotten coriander, it is quite pungent and is used as a defense mechanism when it feels threatened. One detail that can help identify and differentiate between other bugs is the white bands it has on its antennas, along with their wings which don’t entirely cover their abdomen.

How to get rid of Stinkbugs

At Addison, we combine chemical and physical control methods to ensure that a pest infestation is eliminated quickly and safely with the minimum impact on the environment. We use a combination of non-toxic residual insecticidal spray and a crack and crevice treatment to ensure any Stinkbugs in wall voids or soffits will not be able to survive.

If you discover a nest that is well established and causing significant nuisance or financial loss to your home or business we advise you to take extreme precautionary methods while removing the nest or contact a pest control professional to eliminate the nest and implements a physical and chemical pest control program if necessary.

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How to identify Stinkbugs

The shape of the stink bug resembles that of a shield, its body is nearly as wide as it is long. Measuring 12-17 mm long this mottled brown coloured bug has straight antennae, six legs, and piercing and sucking mouthparts used for feeding.

Signs of Stinkbug infestation 

The Stinkbug will try to enter your home during high winds and severe weather conditions during warmer months of the year. The stinkbug will enter your home and stay there for the course of the winter. 

What does Stinkbug eat?

Stink bugs are a pest and have been known to feed on a variety of different food sources from apples and peaches to corn and lima beans.

These nymphs feed on the underside of leaves and plants, where the eggs are laid and hatch. In the later summer, months stink bugs will migrate towards indoors in search of a suitable hibernation place. This pest is highly adaptable and will remain in dormancy for the entire winter in many areas in your home including inside walls, attics or crawl

Stink bugs are a pest and have been known to feed on a variety of different food sources from apples and peaches to corn and lima beans.

How serious are Stinkbugs

Stink bugs are known to produce an odor that is comparable to that of rotten coriander, it is quite pungent and is used as a defense mechanism when it feels threatened. One detail that can help identify and differentiate between other bugs is the white bands it has on its antennas, along with their wings which don’t entirely cover their abdomen.

Additional Infomation

Females over the course of the year can lay up to 200 eggs; they will seek out the under the siding of plants where they will lay 20-30 eggs at a time. The eggs will hatch 4-5 days after being laid; this is where the nymphs will feed. Stink bugs can reproduce quickly and often; this can be a determining factor leading to high risk of infestation in your home in the fall. They go through several molts throughout the course of the summer and by fall have reached adulthood, they then seek shelter in your home for survival in the colder winter months. 

How Addison can help prevent Stinkbug infestations in the future

Stink bugs have been known to enter homes in high numbers and will bite humans. To avoid infestation in your home try sealing the bottoms of doors and windows with weather strip, use screens to cover attics, crawl spaces, vents and holes where the bugs can enter.

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