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April, 13, 2018

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Part Two.

 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 named after.

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 odor.

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.

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Yellow arrows depict identifying characters of the brown marmorated stink bug