Since the accidental introduction of the brown marmorated stink bug to the United States, these insects have been steadily growing as a residential pest. So, while the experts here at All-American Pest Control could easily talk your ear off about the reproductive cycle of the brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) and share detailed and intimate knowledge of its fascinating biology, we decided to keep this article focused on just the information homeowners need to know about these accidental invaders.
Why do we call them accidental invaders? Because stink bugs are not able to live in your home. Your home doesn't provide the necessary eco-system to sustain them. If you have stink bugs crawling in your drapes, perching on your light fixtures, and buzzing through your living room, it is only because those stink bugs needed a place to hide from the cold. Unlike a mouse, spider, or cockroach, those stink bugs have no interest in staying. But, unfortunately, you're stuck with them until it warms up outside, or they die inside your home or, more specifically, inside your walls.
Since wasps, spiders, and other predators enjoy eating stink bugs, it is not a good idea to have these bugs dying inside the wall voids of your home. This is often the case with household pests. Living creatures feed off each other, and one pest problem will often increase the chances of another pest problem.
If you already have stink bugs crawling around in your home, there are a few things you need to know.
Stink bugs do not hibernate, but they do slow down to conserve their energy. If stink bugs are unable to find a food source--which is likely--they will eventually stop moving. They're not dead. They are just in a low energy state called diapause.
If your home is toasty warm, this may cause stink bugs to be more active for a while. But, they will eventually slow down.
If you have indoor plants with vegetables or fruits on them, they may become the target of stink bugs, since these are orchard and farm pests.
When crushed, these bugs create a nasty odor. It is best to use a vacuum to deal with stink bugs. Suck them up and dispose of the bag outside.
If you don't have stink bugs yet, now is the time to make sure your exterior walls are sealed. This will also keep other overwintering pests out. For assistance, reach out to us. All-American has been providing pest control for Tennessee since 1961. We have the experience and education to safely and effectively manage pests, like the brown marmorated stink bug.