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April, 13, 2018
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Part
Tim Gibb, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Brown marmorated stink bugs are set to begin emerging from their
overwintering hiding places – often in our homes – within the next few weeks.
Just like when they came inside during the Fall, they become a nuisance pest
during the spring when they attempt to leave.
The bug is relatively large and clumsy as a flyer and often bumps around
inside the home and even into people when it becomes active. What is worse is
that, when handled or disturbed, it emits the obnoxious odor (stink) that it is
During the spring time the bugs are searching for a way out of the
house so that they can go about their summer-time destructive behaviors out of
doors. Assisting them out by using a broom
and dustpan is the most effective way to get them out of the house. A vacuum cleaner will suck them up but
remember that inside the vacuum they will always release their disagreeable
Brown marmorated stink bugs are considered serious pests of many
crops and plants and many people want to kill them rather than release them outside. This can be most effectively done by dumping
them into a container filled with soapy water.
Refer to the Purdue Publication Brown
Marmorated Stink Bug In Homes -E-273-W https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-273/E-273.html for more information about
stink bugs in the home and to http://www.stopbmsb.org for a detailed explanation of their
impact throughout the country.