Brown marmorated stink bugs, sometimes simply referenced as BMSBs or stink bugs are an invasive insect and they are something everyone in Kentucky should know about them. This species first arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996 from Asia, and they can now be found in much of the continental United States. When disturbed or crushed, stink bugs earned their name from the defensive odor they release. During late summer and autumn as the temperatures outside begin to fall, People most commonly encounter stink bugs in their homes, people most commonly encounter stink bugs in their homes. Today, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to continue to discuss the basics of brown marmorated stink bugs.
Identification of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Having six legs, adult brown marmorated stink bugs are a mottled greyish-brown color. They are about ¾ of an inch long, and these body shapes is a triangular shield. As mentioned, this species is native to Asia and the stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the United States sometime in the late 1990’s. They have been able to spread rapidly to become a significant agricultural pest since there are no natural predators for stink bugs in the U.S.
What Attracts Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs to Your Home
Stink bugs begin searching for warm overwintering sites when the weather gets colder toward the end of summer and early fall. They will often enter homes and other structures in order to find shelter. In early spring, stink bugs reemerge from their overwintering sites to become active once again. Brown marmorated stink bugs are frequently seen congregating in great volume on the sides of buildings during the warm months.
Are Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Harmful?
Caution should be used when handling them to avoid a release of their unpleasant odor, stink bugs are not known to bite humans or damage property. As it can be quite a nuisance, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be overwhelming. Stink bugs destroy crops and are a threat to the agricultural industry, though they don’t pose a direct danger to people.
How to Prevent Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs from Coming In Your House
Seal all cracks around doors, windows, siding, outlets, utility pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other openings to prevent stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. A high-quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk needs to be used. To keep stink bugs out, damaged screens on doors should be replaced. As it is less attractive to stink bugs, it can also be beneficial to replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs. To prevent infestations as they seek shelter from the cold, a licensed pest professional can treat for stink bugs in the late summer or fall.
Pest Management Services
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove them if you are already dealing with stink bugs in your home or building. In order to prevent odor from spreading, be sure to discard the bag or empty the canister. With the help of the professionals of All-Rite Pest Control, you can manage any stink bug infestation and our professionals will ensure they are efficiently eliminated. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!