Halyomorpha halys are also known as the brown marmorated stink bug. Stink bugs are usually easy to recognize due to their triangular shape on their backs. They are brown in color, and look as though they have small white specks on them, as pictured above. The reasoning behind the name “stink bug,” is because whenever they feel threatened, or when they are squished, they let off a foul smell from the small glands on their thorax. They are definitely a nuisance because they typically gather in large numbers inside or outside of your home. If you think you may have a stink bug infestation, call the Real Nashville Pest Control, so that they can correctly identify and treat them for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The stink bug is somewhat oval, or a shield-shaped, and they reach around 5.5 mm in length. Their bodies are just about the same width as they are in length. Adult stink bugs can actually fly, and when they land, they fold their wings over their backs. After they’ve landed, they have long legs that extend from the sides of their bodies. Adults are brightly colored, and the most common ones are brownish. They start off as eggs, and then they go through five stages of larva, growing longer in each stage. When they finally become adults, they grow to be 5.5 mm long. The female stink bug lays around 1000 eggs each year, so if you have one stink bug, chances are that you haven’t seen them all.
Habitat and Behavior:
Stink bugs usually begin to invade your home around the spring and fall seasons, when the weather starts to become cooler or warmer. They are attracted to warmth, which is why in the fall, they invade your home. You start to notice them again within the spring season, because that is when they become active again. Stink bugs find access through cracks and crevices around the foundation of your home, as well as around the doors and windows.
Level of Danger:
The greatest thing about stink bugs, is that they are not dangerous. However, they can cause damages to agriculture and farming crops. Many species of stink bugs eat plants, fruits to be specific, making the fruit unfit to sell to consumers. They are more of a nuisance to farmers trying to grow their crops.
Signs of Infestation:
Knowing if you have an infestation is very easy. The easiest way to tell if you have an infestation of stink bugs is by the appearance of a large number of bugs around the home or yard. They will return each year around the same places.
To prevent stink bugs from invading your home, yard and garden, you should seal your cracks and crevices around the foundation of your home. You should also make sure that all the screens in your windows and doors are intact. But the best way to prevent them, however, is by calling the Real Nashville Pest Control to help you prevent and correctly treat those pesky stink bugs.