In 1996 the Stink bugs were first recorded on Adam Island in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the United States. Stink bugs are not native to the US. They are probably introduced in America by shipments from China.
The same year the entomologist Katen M.Bernhard was sent few specimens by homeowners for diagnosing. They were shipped to Cornell University Insect Diagnostic Lab, it was confirmed that the species was the brown marmorated stink bug. By then the Stink bug involved most of the surrounding Pennsylvania farms.
By 2004, the stink bugs population spread to Oregon and by 2006 to California. Genetic analysis has traced the American stink bugs to Beijing. The stink bugs weren’t able to withstand American cold, but they found out the American homes are much warmer. They started to creep into attics and other unsealed areas.
The female Stink bugs produced enormous eggs. Close to 300 eggs a year, that is enough to invade a complete garden or home. Homeowners who are quite cautious about Stink bugs have come up with homemade solutions to get rid of Stink bugs.
The Stink bugs are native to China, Japan, and surrounding Asian countries. As the Stink bugs are non-native to the US there are very few natural predators. This is the reason they are spreading so quickly across the country. These are invasive species that are infesting households and damaging crops in shocking numbers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What attracts stink bugs in your house?
The warmth of the house will attract stink bugs in your house. The Stink bugs need warmth during cold winters. They will look for some cracks or openings to enter the house. They do not feed on humans like bedbugs. The stink bugs are vegetarians. They feed on plants and fruits. It’s good to use certain savage repellants to avoid Stink bugs getting inside the home. You can’t use any pesticide inside the home, so better to use homemade solutions to get rid of Stink bugs.
What is the purpose of stink bugs?
Not all Stink bugs are pests. There are few species of stink bugs that are predators for the pests. The predatory stink bugs feed on the beetles, caterpillars and even on plant-feeding stink bugs. The predatory stink bugs are useful to nature.
Where do stink bugs live?
Stink bugs are not small bugs like bed bugs or insects like ants. They are fairly large, can easily find them.
During Summers they live outdoors – in the garden, over the window frames, on the wall(exposed to the sun) and on the vent. They feed on leaves and stems of the plants. They feed on fruits that form a scar. The scar looks like the face of a cat. Many people call stink bugs ‘cat-facing insects’.
During Winter they live indoors – cracks of the house, attics, folds in drapes and other not used areas. They seek warmth during winters.
Stink bugs are attracted to the light, so if any light is turned on in your living room, they tend to fly around. Even though they are harmless, yet they are a nuisance.
Where do stink bugs lay eggs?
Most of you have concern do stink bugs lay eggs inside the house? No, the stink bugs stay at home during their hibernation period. They do not lay eggs nor feed during this period. They will lay eggs in the springtime, during warmer months. The stink bugs come out of the house and lay eggs on the host plant. The eggs are oval-shaped, that is around 30 to 100 in the form of cluster. The eggs will be the underside of the leaf on the host plant.