The stink bug got its name because it stinks! It has quite a defense mechanism that can repel any predator that has a sense of smell. One exception to this is the parasitic wasp.
The stink bug has a triangular shaped body that is about three-fourths of an inch long. They are sometimes referred to as shield bugs because of their wing shape.
It has six legs, set of wings, and antennas. Also, they seem to come in an assortment of colors. Some have flamboyant colors. Some have warning colors of red and black. Some have a nice rosy stripe. For the most part, they can be masters of disguise. They can be camouflaged in shades of green or brown.
A common pest in Michigan, they tend to live in orchards, farms, and gardens because they love their fruits and vegetables. We also find them in our homes during the colder months and multiply fast!
Their piercing mouth part is perfect for sucking the juice from fruits. When not in use, it’s tucked between their front legs. They also eat flowers, leaves, and caterpillars. If you see them within your growing space, you can spray on an approved insecticide, although they are known to be tough buggers and quite resistant.
You can also hand pick them in the early in the day, because these pests are not morning bugs, and are slow moving! You would want to bag them, seal them up and throw them away. They don’t normally bite, but if they feel threatened they certainly will. It can be painful. Skin might swell and it’s possible for a rash to develop. Overall, their bites aren’t harmful.
They need to hibernate during the winter time where it is warm. This might be a chimney, door frame, windows, side of buildings, or within the walls of your home. Now, if they find a nice place to overwinter, they will tell their friends. They can release a substance that is odorless to humans that attract others to join them. When they invade, it tends to be in high numbers and can become quite a nuisance! It is possible for 26,000 to crowd together through the winter. They can live anywhere from a few months to a year.
Should you see any emerge in your home with the onset of spring, the best thing to do is vacuum them up. Throw the bag away so none of them find their way out, and also, remember that smell that they’re known for? Their odor can permeate right through that bag!
Whenever possible, it’s best to consider bug prevention for your home. Should you suspect a bug infestation in your home, it is wise to call the professionals. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services can inspect and assess your pest situation and treat accordingly.
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