Identifying Stink Bug Problems
Stink bug problems are notorious for their “smelly” reputation, earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed. Most stink bugs are herbivorous and use their piercing and sucking mouthparts to feed on plant juices.
Habits of Stink Bug Infestations
Most species of stink bugs are innocuous, only feeding on their host plants, and are seldom encountered by humans. However, one species introduced into the United States (Marminated stink bug pictured here) is getting a bad reputation because it overwinters inside structures. Similar to other insects that do this, they become a nuisance pest. Stink bug infestations appear in the spring from hibernation, they will spot curtains and window sills.
When handled or disturbed, stink bugs are able to secrete a bad-smelling, bad-tasting fluid from pores on the sides of their bodies. This secretion protects stink bugs from predators. They are often fed upon by birds, spiders, assassin bugs and other arthropod predators (including other stink bugs). Many stink bug infestations are attracted to lights at night. Adult stink bug problems are active from spring through late fall.
During warm months, female stink bug infestations attach large masses of eggs to the underside of leaves and stems. After hatching, the wingless nymphs go through five immature stages before becoming full-sized, winged adults. Stink bugs are not known to bite humans.
How to Get Rid of Stink Bug Problems
Getting rid of stink bugs can be tricky since they tend to build their nests in unique places. Our green stink bug control experts will assess the stink bug problem and any stink bug damage prior to using stink bug control plan, providing you with peace of mind when it comes to these potential unwelcome stink bug infestations. And because Eco-Wise™ Pest Services’ methods for stink bug control are environmentally friendly and organic, there is no concern for your family and pets.
Eco-Wise™ Pest Services has the knowledge, equipment, and skills to take care of all your stink bug problems and will show you how to get rid of stink bugs for good!
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