To eliminate stink bugs inside your house vacuum them up or squirt them with a mixture of dish washing liquid
with water. Stink Bugs can be difficult to kill with insecticides, soapy water seems to work the best.
bugs) are among the best known bugs. Their shape resembles that of a shield, hence their name. They are also known as
Stink Bugs, for many species really stink! They use bacteria to create the stench, which is their way to protect themselves
from various predators. Most shield bugs(stink bugs) are green or brown and look a bit like a beetle.
Stink bugs have a shieldlike shape with a large triangular area between the leathery portions of the
front wings (scutellum) and five-segmented antennae. Telling the good stink bugs (predators) from the bad stink
bugs (plant feeders), however, is not always easy. A simple rule of thumb is that green stink bugs(picture above) are
most often plant feeders, while brown or gray stink bugs(picture below) are more likely to be predators. Actually, some
brown or grey stink bugs are plant feeders, but are somewhat less common than their green stinkbugs.
Brown and gray stink bugs feed on caterpillars, leaf beetle larvae, and other slow-moving insects, but also feed
on plants at times. However, this feeding does not damage the plants. Plant feeding stink bugs suck the juices from
plant stems, seeds, and fruits. Stink bugs come from Asia and are a very serious problem to the farmers in Japan.
Green stink bug nymphs are predominantly black when small, but as they mature, they become green with orange and black
markings. Nymphs of the brown and southern green species are light green. Southern green stink bug nymphs, however, have two
series of white spots along their backs.
Adult stink bugs can be very difficult to control, especially in fall gardens, because stink bugs are
so mobile and migrate from field to field in the fall. Stink bugs are also somewhat large with a thick exoskeleton
(outer body covering) that helps prevent insecticide penetration into its body.
Stink Bug Information
When handled or disturbed, stink bugs will produce a fairly sweet odor from glands in the thorax, thus the
common name. The openings for these glands are readily seen on the last thoracic segment towards the sides of the stink bugs.
To make a stink bug release an odor, hold the insect with your thumb and forefinger on the sides
Try not to squish stink bugs with your bare hands because not only does it stink up your hand, but the juices
can cause rashes in some people. Once smashed though, the stinch of the stinkbug can get pretty rancid.
|Brown Stink Bug Picture
|green stink bug