Pest Guide: What to Know About Stink Bugs

Common Causes of Stink Bug Infestations

Brown marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species found around Washington D.C. These small shield-shaped bugs are about the size of your fingernail and can unleash a powerful odor when threatened or killed. They can also damage any plants in and around your home if left unchecked, along with damaging the interiors of your home with their droppings. Working with an expert exterminator is essential if you have a stink bug infestation.

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The Stink Bug Lifecycle

Stink bug from side

Stink bugs develop through three different stages. Knowing these patterns, which are broadly similar across stink bug species, can help you prevent and identify infestations.

  • Eggs: Females mate with males during the spring. Once fertilized, the female will lay a cluster of eggs, known as an egg mass, on the leaf or stem of a plant.
  • Nymph: After hatching, stink bugs develop as nymphs. For about five weeks, the stink bugs will progress through different development stages or instars. Though the stink bug nymphs begin as wingless, they eventually develop them. During this period, the nymphs can feed on plant juices.
  • Adults: After about five weeks, stink bugs mature into adults. Their lives typically last 6-8 months, when females may lay around 400 eggs. Adults can spawn more than one generation during their lifetimes, making it essential to catch any stink bug infestation early.

Common Questions About Stink Bugs

Stink bugs aren't considered dangerous but can be nuisances for your home life and pets. Their odor can last about an hour if crushed outdoors and longer inside. They are potentially devastating agricultural pests and can damage any plants you have inside or outdoors.

Stink bugs can hide in small cracks throughout your home over winter, making it hard to eradicate them without professional help. Unlike other bugs, stinkbugs love sunlight and try to come out into it when possible. However, they still spend much of their time tucked away in nooks and crannies that can be hard to reach.

Stink bugs are attracted to light, warmth, and moisture, especially during the fall and winter. If your home has outdoor lighting, a well-watered lawn, and cracks that allow them in, they may find your home irresistible.

Tips for Preventing Stink Bugs

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home.
  • Make sure that vents have screens to keep out insects.
  • Inspect window screens and repair any holes.
  • Preventative treatments on the exterior of your home can help deter stink bugs

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Stink Bugs

My Pest Pros technicians can help identify areas where stink bugs can try to enter your home. We will treat the exterior of your home to help deter stink bugs from entering. We use EPA-approved products to protect your family and home.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your pests problems, today and tomorrow.

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