- Accidentally introduced in Allentown, PA in September of 1998
- Adults are approximately 17mm long and are shades of brown on both the upper and lower body and have white bands at the bottom of their legs
- Back has a shield shape
- Gives off a characteristic odor when crushed or disturbed
- Feeds on a wide variety of vegetation and fruits such as apples, peaches, mulberries, grapes, and citrus fruits
- Feeds on 73 different plant species in PA such as ornamental plants, weeds, and soybeans.
- In early autumn, adult stink bugs collect on and inside houses, sheds and other structures looking for warm places
- Does not bite humans
- Poses no known health hazards
- Hibernates in winter and becomes active in spring when temperatures rise
What to do:
- Caulk or physically seal cracks around doors, windows and attic vents
- Eliminate weeds around your house
- Bugs can be removed from interior with a vacuum cleaner; however, the vacuum may acquire the smell of stinkbugs for a period of time.
- Electric flyswatters can kill the bugs before they can release their odor