Stink Bugs

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Location/Habitat:

Stink Bugs are agricultural pests widely spread all over the world. Naturally they are found in orchards, gardens, and farms. Stink bugs will start to invade homes during the fall when temperatures begin to drop. Being highly attracted to light, stink bugs can be easily found near windows or other sources of light. They are found to be most active during the seasons of spring and fall.

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stink bug backIdentification:

Stink bugs are about ¾ inches long and range in many different colors, with the most common colors being brown or green.  Stink bugs can be easily identified by their triangular or shield-like shaped thorax. These bugs also have piercing mouth parts to suck juice from plants and sometimes other insects, such as caterpillars.

Diet:

Plants are the primary source of food for stink bugs. They feed by sucking on the sap from pods, buds, blossoms and seeds. Some species of stink bugs even feed on juices from caterpillars and beetle larva.

Life Cycle:

Stink bugs go through a simple metamorphosis: egg, nymph, and adult. Stink bugs cannot reproduce indoors, therefore the growing rate of the stink bug infestation in your home is from outside. The eggs of a stink bug can be found on the underside of leaves in clumps of 20-30 eggs. The eggs are oval in shape, ranging from light yellow to a yellowish-reddish color, equipped with tiny spines forming fine lines along the eggs.  The nymphs, similar in appearance to the adult stink bug, are differentiated by its lack of wings. From the nymph stage, the stink bug will molt a few times before becoming a full grown adult.

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Damages:

While Stink bugs are not harmful to humans, they will become pests by damaging people’s crops and plants. They can leave small scars on fruits and other vegetation. In areas where the populations of the stink bugs are very large, it could even lead to crop failure. Once the stink bugs forage indoors to escape from the cold temperatures outside, they can becomes very irritating pests by the horrible odors they leave behind. Stink bugs will let out a very offensive odor when alarmed or squished as an act of defense. The terrible odor will linger around but can be washed away with soap and water.

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Date: Saturday, 20. February 2010 16:18
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6 comments

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    We live in a motor home….we are in Ga. I kill about 8 a week. I have cleaned every closet. I also have 2 cats….I can get rid of the ones I see….but…..help…Thank you

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    Hi Stuart,

    For stink bug treatment, the active ingredient Bifenthrin has proved to be the most effective. Some products I can recommend containing this active ingredient would be Talstar, Masterline Bifenthrin, and Bifen IT. Stink bugs commonly forage in from outdoors, especially during the colder seasons. It would be best to do a thorough and consistent treatment around the outer perimeter of your home. These concentrated liquid insecticides carry a delay kill effect, therefore it will allow them to survive long enough to possibly expose the pesticide to its other members.
    Our office is located in Duluth Georgia if you wanted to stop by and pick up some chemicals for your treatment (:

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    I live in a log home. I notice the stink bugs love to hide on the log walls behinded pictures. They are driving me crazy.My husband seems to think we will never get rid of them.I know there in the attic.They are getting in that way…I have my own well also…Please help I can’t sleep at night.We get 10 to 20 a day…They even play dead….what should we do. I wan’t to move and let them the place.LOL

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    Hello Joanne, Yes, I totally understand that stink bugs can drive someone crazy. I had an infestation during the summer season last year. EEK! The first proper thing to do would probably be to find out where their entry points are and to seal all those cracks and crevices. We suggest a product called Talstar Pro. It is a liquid concentrate insecticide that you dilute with water and use as a spray. It’s safe to use both indoors and outdoors. Now, when I say safe and you are using it indoors, I actually mean that it is safe after it dries. So after application, you should leave the treated area alone to dry. Spray the areas you are seeing the infestation so that would be both behind the pictures and the attic. Talstar has about a 3-4 months residual time so you will have to retreat your home after that time if you are continuing to see an infestation. If the well water is being used as a drinking water source or a source to water your fruit and vegetable gardens or anything of that sort, the Talstar should not be used in that area. I hope that helps! and Good Luck! :)

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    I also live in a wood home (cedar post-and-beam with cedar siding). I live in Maryland. I kill between 50-250 stink bugs every single day – and those are just the ones I see on windows and flying around. Will definitely try to plug cracks next summer but right now I’m going crazy. I’m a bit afraid to spray now for fear they will simply die in the ceiling/walls whereas now I’m finding them and putting them in the trash. When (month?) do I start using Talstar to fix it for next year?

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    WOW!! That is crazy! Well Talstar can be applied year round. The residual time is about 2-3 months and so every two months or so you may want to reapply Talstar around the perimeter so that you can create a barrier around the home. You can go ahead and start now so that when spring time hits, you may have a barrier. Good luck!

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