brown marmorated stink bug pest control il

Introduction

  • Scientific name is: Halyomorpha halys
  • Named for its defense mechanism of spraying an odorous liquid when threatened
  • Originally from China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
  • Has become a season long pest in the United States as it invades homes and feeds on crops.

Identification

  • Grow to a half inch in length
  • Have a shield shaped body, and one pair of wings.
  • Are various shades of brown in color

Mannerisms of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

  • Eat crops such as peaches, apples, soybeans, green beans, cherries, raspberries, and pears.
    • Feed by using a proboscis that can lead to the formation of necrotic areas, seed loss, leaf stippling, and the transmission of plant pathogens.
  • Invade homes in the fall to survive the winter.
  • Can live several months up to a year.
  • Release a pungent odor that reportedly smells like coriander when threatened, injured, or handled.
  • Males use pheromones and vibrational signals to communicate with a female.
  • Females can lay up to four hundred eggs in their lifetime.

Prevention

  • Sealing up any entryways like cracks around doors, vents, and crawlspaces.
  • Liquid pest control products can be applied along the outside of homes. These may need to be reapplied at certain times.
  • Vacuuming them and anywhere they may be hiding is also an effective means of stink bug pest control.
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