Are stink bugs harmful to house?
Brown marmorated stink bugs will not cause structural damage or reproduce in homes. They do not bite people or pets. Although they are not known to transmit disease or cause physical harm, the insect produces a pungent, malodorous chemical and when handling the bug, the odor is transferred readily.
Are stink bugs invasive to Washington state?
Destructive stink bugs have invaded Western Washington in droves. The brown marmorated stink bugs are native to Asia and first arrived in America in the Mid-Atlantic states. In 2010, the bugs decimated crops on the east coast. That same year, the first stink bugs were detected in Washington state.
Should I worry about stink bugs?
Stink bugs aren’t toxic. They just stink. But, it is important to keep in mind that stink bugs can spray that smelly liquid from their thorax, and you might get it in your eyes. If so, seek medical attention to prevent any damage.
Do stink bugs bite humans?
Controlling & Preventing Stink Bugs Even though stink bugs do not normally bite people, they can be nuisances when they get into homes. Many homeowners use a vacuum cleaner to remove stink bugs from the walls and windows of their homes. However, the bugs may cause the vacuum to have an unpleasant odor for a while.
What do stink bugs eat?
As they develop into adults, they often migrate into fields, orchards and residential landscapes. In these environments, stink bugs feed on apples, peaches, berries, peppers, beans and pecans. They also feed on field crops like sorghum and cotton.
What is up with stink bugs this year?
It seems like in recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of stink bugs that invade our houses around September. This is most likely due to an increase in the invasive stink bug species, Brown Marmorated stink bug. To reduce their numbers, it’s important to understand their habits and food sources.
What do stink bugs eat in the house?
It may surprise you to learn that indoors, stink bugs do not typically eat anything. Stink bugs found inside your home will be looking for somewhere to overwinter. While overwintering, they do not eat, and will most likely look for warm, dark places to hide in until warmer weather returns.