Stink bugs are no one’s favorite creature. In fact, they’re not even native to the United States. They’re less than two decades old in this country. Native to Asia, they were first identified in the U.S. in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, they’ve become a widespread agricultural pest across New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Need to get up-to-date on your stink bug facts and learn how to get rid of stink bugs? Look no further; we’ve got more stink bug facts than you may want to know:
What Do Stink Bugs Smell Like?
A stink bug’s smell is very pungent. It releases the odor through holes in its abdomen. This is actually a defense mechanism to prevent predators from eating it. The smell can vary, but a good description is skunk mixed with kitchen spices, like cilantro or coriander. Do not smash the little brown bug, or all of that stench will be released at once. Some people may vacuum them up, but this risks your vacuum smelling like a stink bug for a long time to come, or even spreading the smell room-to-room.
Do Stink Bugs Bite?
Stink bugs do not bite or sting. They are able to bite, but will rarely choose to do so. If threatened, they prefer to rely on their stench to deter what they perceive to be predators.
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
A stink bug problem can’t be allowed to fester. Contact a pest control company like Ransford. Stink bugs will invade wherever they can, and you don’t want them getting into vents, attics, or crawl spaces, where the stench will either spread or concentrate. They aren’t dangerous to people, unless you count your senses of smell and taste as being under threat (yes, you’ll be able to taste the smell on the air). However, you don’t want to be stuck inside with them or expose your house to their stench. They do try to spend winter in warm homes. If getting rid of stink bugs is a priority for you, we can help you address them once their inside your home, or give you tips to help keep them out of your home.