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What Do Stink Bugs Eat? & 5 Other Things to Know About Stink Bugs!

  1. Most stink bugs eat plants only. They feed on and damage both ornamental plants and crops that we depend on. However, some may eat other insects like caterpillars or beetles which are typically found in plants. Rarely though, some stink bugs may resort to eating other stink bugs. 

  2. Stink bugs are shaped like a shield with white bands on their antennas. They are colored brown when viewed from above, and their underside is typically a creamish brown.

  3. Although they are bothersome and a nuisance to humans, they do not sting or bite.

  4. Until two years ago, they had no known predator. In 2017, however, it was discovered that the samurai wasp is a predator. “They lay their eggs inside the stink bug eggs and then their larvae feed on what was inside the eggs and they emerge instead of stink bugs. So they essentially kill the stink bug before it even hatches,” said Hillary Peterson, insect expert and Penn State PhD student, in an interview with WHIOTV 7's sister station WPXI.

  5. They originated in Asia, but made their way to the US and into Allentown, PA, eventually invading Ohio. Which is why we can enjoy their presence today. 

  6. Last but not least, they smell! While stink bugs do not cause any harm, they are annoying and when threatened or smashed, they smell. The smell, which has been described as an odorous foot, is actually a defense mechanism.


Stink bugs main goal during the fall season is to find a warm spot in your house to hibernate over the winter. Make sure you are keeping your doors and windows closed to keep them from getting in. Also, cracks and crevices should be sealed shut so that they cannot sneak through! 


If you do find you have a stink bug infestation, of course the next step would be to call a professional like Epcon Lane. Stink bugs, among other pesky insects, are part of our Peace of Mind plans. Help keep your house pest free with us, today!

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