BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUGS
THEY LAY THEIR EGGS IN THE LEAVES AND DEBRIS IN YOUR YARD SO CLEAN UP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO DECREASE THE POPULATION FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR!
SEAL ALL POINTS OF ENTRY TO PREVENT STINK BUGS FROM OVER-WINTERING IN YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS!
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an
insect not previously seen on our continent, was
into eastern Pennsylvania in September of 1998 in Allentown.
Stinkbugs become a nuisance pest both indoors and out
when it is attracted to the outside of houses on warm fall days in search of
protected, overwintering sites. They occasionally reappear during warmer
sunny periods throughout the winter, and again as they emerge in the spring.
Warm spring and summer conditions could permit the
development of two or three generations per year. Adults will emerge
sometime in the spring of the year (late April to mid-May), and mate and
deposit eggs from May through August. The eggs are attached, side-by-side,
to the underside of leaves in masses of 20 to 30 eggs. The eggs hatch into
small black and red nymphs that go through five molts. Adults begin to
search for overwintering sites starting in September through the first half
These insects are not known to cause harm to humans,
although homeowners become alarmed when the bugs enter their homes and
noisily fly about. The stink bug will not reproduce inside structures
or cause damages. If many of them are squashed or pulled into a vacuum
cleaner, their smell can be quite apparent.
Mechanical exclusion is the best method to
keep stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. Cracks around
windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and
underneath the wood fascia and other openings should be sealed
with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged
screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.
When numerous bugs are entering the living
areas of the home, attempt to locate the openings where the
insects gain access. Typically, stink bugs will emerge from
cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim,
and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Seal these
openings with caulk or other suitable materials to prevent the
insects from crawling in. Both live and dead stink bugs can be
removed from interior areas with the aid of a vacuum cleaner -
however, the vacuum may acquire the smell of stink bugs for a
period of time.
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