Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs

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Stink Bug Life Biology

Stink bugs are also known as brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys). Adult stink bugs emerge from what scientists call “overwintering.” They are resilient creatures that have developed various winter survival adaptations to make it through the season.

Stink bugs mate and lay their eggs between May and June. From June to September, the eggs hatch into small nymphs that go through five molting cycles, or shedding of the exoskeleton, between July and September. Adult stink bugs start appearing in mid-August to early September. According to studies, their flights in search of overwintering sites begin in mid-September and peak during the first half of October. Their activities are most common in homes from August through December.

The Origin of Stink Bugs

These prehistoric-looking, shield-shaped, dull brown bugs are not from New York City or New Jersey. Instead, they are native to Asia. They were first reported in Pennsylvania when a few stink bugs were found in Allentown in September 1998. In the year 1999, the bugs were identified in Milford, NJ. They only took a few years to become well-entrenched throughout most of the state.

Most likely, the bugs arrived in the US as stowaways inside packing crates from Chinese imports. Their population has grown virtually unabated because they were new species with no native predators in the country.

Carpenter bees commonly nest in the following sites:

  • Eaves
  • Window Trims
  • Facia Boards
  • Sidings
  • Wooden Shakes
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Furniture

Adaptations of a Green Stink Bug

Stink bugs adapt to their environment in many ways. An adaptation is an adjustment to the environment so an insect can fit in better and have a better chance of living. Green stink bugs can camouflage because they are the same color as the leaves they prefer to eat. This adaptation helps stink bugs survive by blending in with their surroundings. Camouflaging also protects them from being eaten by other animals or predators and helps them hide from their prey.

Green stink bugs are most common in North America. They are well-known by farmers for destroying crops and for the seasonal damage they cause on farms. As polyphagous creatures, they can eat various plants. Both nymphs and adult stink bugs have mouths with sucking and piercing components, allowing them to remove fluids while sitting on top of plants.

Reproduction of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs mate during spring, laying their eggs on food sources like the underside of leaves. With warm weather, the eggs hatch within 1 week.

The nymphs develop into adults after about a month, going through five distinct molting stages. They will continue living and feeding from the host plant. Young stink bugs retreat underneath leaves or other organic debris during cold snaps, continuing until the weather warms up.

What Can You Do To Stop Stink Bugs From Entering Your Home?

Seal any cracks in your house with caulking or weather stripping to keep stink bugs out. Focus on rotting windowsills, improperly sealed doors, and holes in screens. Vents, especially those connected to an attic, should be screened off to prevent stink bug entry.

What Should I Do if I Find Stink Bugs in My Home?

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