Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about brown marmorated stink bugs including how to get rid of them for good.
Brown marmorated stink bugs are becoming a larger problem in North America. They were accidentally introduced in 1998 and have exploded in population since then. Because they are new to this region, there are very few predators that can help control their population. Normally cold winters have killed off the stink bugs, but they have been adapting and flourish in seasons with a mild winter or an early spring.
What Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Look Like?
It's actually fairly easy to spot a brown marmorated stink bug. They have a few easy indicators that will let you know what they are.
|Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are brown and blend in very well against tree bark|
|They are ½ an inch in width and ¾ to 1 inch in length|
|Their antennae will be a brown color with a few sets of white stripes on them|
|The back end of the bug will have a black and white pattern going around it|
You can use the picture to the right to get an idea of what color and stripe patterns to look for.
Where Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Live?
If you've seen a stink bug, the chances are that it was a brown marmorated stink bug. These stink bugs are the most widespread and popular stink bugs in North America and can be found in over 30 states. In fact if you find stink bugs in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Maryland, or Virginia the chances are that stink bug is a brown marmorated stink bug.
Below is a map showing regions where the brown marmorated stink bug has been found:
How to Get Rid of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
You get rid of brown marmorated stink bugs the same way you get rid of any other type of stink bug. Unfortunately, these bugs are pretty hard to get rid of (especially since they have few natural predators).
By far, the best way to get rid of stink bugs is by prevention and using natural techniques. Don't bother using poison, because the sheer volume of stink bugs makes poison ineffective. Most people who use poison say it only works for a few days at best anyway.
Below are some tips on how to keep stink bugs out of your home and property:
Don't Attract Stink Bugs to Your Home
Keep Your Lights Off - Stink bugs can be attracted by many things, but nothing will attract stink bugs to your home more than a brightly lit home at night. Like all bugs, stink bugs are attracted to light and will flock to your house whenever it is lit up. So at night, be sure to turn off all your outside lights and shut your blinds to prevent any light escaping your home.
Don't Smash the Bugs - Stink bugs contain a fluid that both smells horrible and contains a hormone that attracts other stink bugs to it's location. If you smash one of these bugs, not only will you smell bad, but you will also attract several new stink bugs to that location.
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