Stink Bugs(Pentatomidae)
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There are some bugs that make people fear pain and death. There are other bugs that make people fear the smell of death. Stink bugs are harmless insects that release a powerful smell that can overwhelm the senses. The smell is often compared to dirty socks, and if a stink bug feels threatened in your home, it may release that smell and make your home much less inviting.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Pentatomidae
  • Length: Up to 1.7cm
  • Color: Green, Brown (Most Common)
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Stink

LIFE CYCLE OF STINK BUGS

Female stink bugs are prolific, leaving anywhere from 20 to 30 new eggs at a time and hundreds over the course of her life. Hidden beneath plant leaves, these bugs will hatch and stick around the egg sack until they have molted. Once they’ve reached adulthood, they will spread out, feed, and try to reproduce. Stink bugs are easily killed, but can live anywhere from a few weeks to almost a year depending on the species and optimal conditions.

STINK BUGS AS PESTS

Stink bugs release a terrible odor. That odor can get stuck in carpets and clothing. Stink bugs do not do much damage and do not breed inside, so full invasions are not a problem, but they do get lost as they look for food, and when they do they can end up inside your home – a home that is a fearful, scary place. Once there, stink bugs may become terrified, especially if you get near them, and release their stink into the air.

HOW TO PREVENT STINK BUG INVASIONS

Since stink bugs only get inside of your home by accident, the best way to prevent their invasions is to make sure that your home is perfectly sealed, so that stink bugs can’t get inside. The better you seal your home the less likely stink bugs can enter. If you see any stinkbugs, try using a vacuum to suck in the bug.