Stink Bugs: A New and Smelly Problem

A new pest has been causing a stink in N.C. over the past few years.

The brown marmorated stink bug was first found in our state in 2009.  It is ¾ of an inch long and is recognized by its brown, marbled, armor-like exterior. When crushed, these bugs emit a very pungent, foul smell.

Because these bugs are originally from Asia and were first seen in the U.S. in 1998, we continue to learn more about these bugs every day including what methods are most effective in treating them.  They are not harmful to humans but can overwinter in structures such as buildings or homes and can feed on any type of food crop which causes many problems for growers.

If you see stink bugs in your home or building, you should:

  • Dispose of the bugs. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the bugs and then discard the bag immediately.
  • Prevent bug entry. Make sure all holes and crevices to the outside of the house are sealed and that all window screens are properly fitted to windows to prevent bugs from entering the home or building.
  • Consult a professional. A professional pest management company can provide tips and treatments for dealing with the stink bugs. Our member companies can be found here.
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