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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Adult

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

About These Stinkin' Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), halyomorpha halysodorous,aka just "stink bug", is an agricultural pest native to Korea and Taiwan. It was introduced in the U.S. in the late 90's and is becoming more commonly seen in the Boston metro and northeastern MA area.

This stink bug's odor is emitted through holes in its abdomen and is a defense mechanism against birds and lizards. Handling the bug or just trying to move it can result in release of the odor, which has been compared to the smell of cilantro by some.

Adults are about two-thirds of an inch long and wide, with a shield-shaped body like other stink bugs. Their color includes different shades of brown on both the top and undersides, with gray, off-white, black, copper, and bluish markings.

Alhtough they don't pose a public health risk, they are a nuisance because they can destroy fruit and vegetable crops and like to overwinter in homes.

If you're seeing (or think you may be seeing) brown marmorated stink bugs and you're in my area, call Dura Tech for professional handling of this pest, other types of stink bugs, or whatever pests are bugging you. With my 35+ years of proven experience, you can't go wrong with Dura Tech.

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The Stink on these Bugs

What BMSB Stink Bugs Eat

  • In the U.S., the brown marmorated stink bug feeds on a wide range of fruits, vegetables and other plants in the garden.

  • This pest feeds through sucking, piercing the host plant with its proboscus.

  • Feeding results in dimpled and damaged areas on the outer surface of fruits, stippling of leaves and possible transmission of plant pathogens.

How Stink Bugs Overwinter

The brown marmorated stink bug is more likely to try to invade your home in the fall than other types of stink bugs.

  • Adults enter homes during fall evenings, when nights start getting colder.

  • They get in under siding, through soffits, around windows and doors, chimneys, or through any opening or crack that's big enough for them to get through.

  • Once they get inside, they usually hibernate, but the warmth in your home may cause them to become active and you may see them flying around lamps or light fixtures.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Lifecycles

  • May have multiple generations per year in years with early or unusually warm spring and summer.

  • Adults may live up to a year, but recent generations are living longer, depositing eggs longer and maturing more generations to lay even more eggs.

  • Eggs are elliptical (1.6 x 1.3 mm), light yellow to yellow-red attached to the underside of leaves in groups of 20 to 30.

  • In our area, adults emerge sometime around late April to mid-May, when they mate and deposit eggs from May through August.

Proper control measures centered on foundations, eaves, cracks in walls and attics can be effective in keeping them out of your home and preventing populations from growing the following spring.

Read more on brown marmorated stink bugs on Penn State's entomology website

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Protect yourself, your family and your home from all kinds of bugs, disease-carrying and wood-destroying insects with a comprehensive, single-family home quarterly pest control service plan from Dura Tech. You'll not only get a customized service plan that's tailored to your specific needs, but Dura Tech's Quarterly Residential Pest Management service means you get greener, meaner pest control from the best in the business - all year round.

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NOTE: While most pest control services can be quoted FREE over the phone, there is a $40 service charge for an in-person inspection and estimate, which you get back if you hire me to do the work. All termite problems require an in-person inspection. Dura Tech does not conduct wood destroying insect inspections as required by HUD, VA and conventional lenders for the transfer or sale of real estate.

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