Stink bugs and other True Bugs…
How many True Bugs can you guess? How about Assassin Bugs & Wheel Bug, Aphids, Bed Bugs, Boxelder Bugs, Leafhopper, Milkweed Bug, Squash Bug and of course Stink Bugs.
All true bugs have similar mouthparts, which is what characterizes the true bugs. True bugs suck. That’s right, the true bugs have specialized mouth parts used to suck juices.
The brown marmorated stink bug, or simply the stink bug, is an insect in the family Pentatomidae, and it is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. They have invaded the East Coast and have made their way across the U.S. They get their name because release an unpleasant odor when you crush them or when they are protecting their homes. Stink bugs do not hurt humans, but they can cause a lot of damage to crops and plants.
Tips to prevent them from getting into your home from National Pest Management Association (NPMA):
- Seal cracks around your house.
- Replace damaged screen on doors and windows.
- If you see a stink bug indoors vacuum them up and throw away the bag immediately.
- If you see a stink bug in your garden, lightly spray the area with approved insecticides. Keep weeds around the garden in control and clean up the garden at the end of the growing season.
- Hand pick stink bugs in early morning when they are slow moving.
Stink bugs were not even reported in the United States until the late 1990’s!