Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs really stink? Fly? Bite humans? Learn how to identify, prevent and eliminate them.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification

A close up look on the body structure of a brown marmorated stink bug


  • Size: 2.4mm to 12mm in length
  • Scientific Name:  Hayomorpha halys
  • Features: 4 wings, multi-colored striped antennae
  • Color: Green, brown, grey


Stink Bugs- Common Questions & Answers

Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs really stink?

When crushed or threatened, a smelly odor will be released.  This unpleasant smell is a defense mechanism against predators.  Predatory insects are staying away from stink bugs due to the aroma released.  As a result, the population of stink bugs has increased tremendously. 

Do Stink bugs really fly?   

Adult Stink bugs are solid fliers. Studies show that adults could fly .75-3 miles per day when needed. They are provoked instinctually to fly when seeking warmth or food.

Do Stink bugs bite humans? 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs do not bite humans. Their biological makeup does not allow them to bite or sting. The mouth structure of a stink bug is constructed to "suck" or "siphon" fluid from plants.

A stink bug bite on human

What is the big "stink" about stink bugs?

Although not harmful to humans.  They are a major threat to farmers & agriculture in general.  Stink bugs are capable of massive destruction to crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working on a plan to stop stink bugs. 

How To Prevent Stink Bugs

Considered an overwintering pest... Meaning the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in your house will use all its energy to get into your home during the fall season. Their objective is to seek shelter in a warm environment until spring comes.

Seal up your home to prevent overwintering stink bugs. Inspect the structure and close up any gaps or cracks, allowing pest entry. Be sure to check: Windows, door sweeps, wires & cables leading into the home, enlarged weep holes between mortar, and cracks in the foundation.

How To Get Rid Of Marmorated Stink Bugs

There are a few different ways to control stink bugs. The best way to eliminate this pest is to use a residual pesticide. A non-chemical method is placing glue boards in rooms displaying stink bug activity. Another non-chemical method is simply vacuuming them up.

Getting rid of marmorated stink bugs

The last method for stink bug control removing the attraction. Do you have plants in your home? Remove all plants from inside the structure.  If you have any questions about how to get rid of stink bugs, contact A.N.T. Pest Control and shoot us an email with your question.

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