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Stink Bug (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)
Stink Bug (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)

Stink Bug (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)


  • Color: light bands on antennae and dark notches along the edge of the wings.
  • Size: 3/4 inch long, shield-shaped.

Habits of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs:

  • Feeds on fruits such as apples, peaches, figs, and mulberries. Found also on ornamental plants, weeds and soybeans.
  • They are attracted to homes on warm fall days seeking a warm place to overwinter and enter homes through holes in walls, cracks around windows, doors, soffits, etc. They are most often attracted to walls with western and southern exposures, and to a lesser extent eastern and almost never on the northern exposure.

Damage From Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs:

  • While this species are of concern to agriculture, they are no threat to homeowners other than as a nuisance.
  • Disturbed or crush stink bugs emit a strong odor, sometimes characterized as musky or similar to cilantro.

Look for:

  • Overwintering adults indoors from fall to spring.Stink Bug

How to Control and Kill Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around doors and windows and other openings where bugs are seen crawling.
  • Use a vacuum to remove bugs that enter the structure (this could happen throughout the winter on warm days).
  • Don’t apply pesticides indoors they’ll only work if you hit the bug with the spray – so if you see them vacuum them up.
  • Place sticky traps in windows.
  • Light traps can be used to capture large numbers

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.