Scientific Name: Halyomorpha hayls
Appearance: Shield-shaped bodies black/brown in color almost as wide as they are long, with lengthy antennae and six legs
Size: 0.62 in.
What is a Stinkbug?
Stinkbugs were first noticed in South Carolina in 2011. Although they are relatively new to the area they have spread quickly and are now a very commonly recognized insect. Stinkbugs received their name due to noticeable odor they emit when feeling threatened.
Stinkbugs can cause devastation to plants and crops as they have a liking for fruits and vegetables. Adults prefer the flowering parts of plants, while the young will eat both plant stems and fruit. Females will typically lay their eggs underneath leaves and depending on temperatures and location multiple generations can be produced annually.
Why do I have Stinkbugs?
Stinkbugs are common outdoors in areas where they have access to their preferred food sources. Properties with gardens and fruit trees will attract higher amounts of stinkbugs.
Stinkbugs are known to come indoors especially at the turn of seasons as they look for shelter and warmth. They are attracted to light which will draw them to homes. Stinkbugs can easily fit through cracks and crevasses allowing them access to the interior.
How do I get rid of Stinkbugs?
Preventing entry of stinkbugs is possible by properly sealing entry points. Ensure windows and doors are not left ajar and are flush with exterior window and door frames. Reducing the amount of light and food sources can also help deter outdoor populations from being attracted to the property.
If large amounts of stinkbugs are appearing it is recommended to seek advice from a local pest control specialist who can help locate possible entry points, advise on outdoor management, and set up preventative measures to further deter their entry. Click Here for Details on our General Pest & Outdoor Plan.
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