Pest Spotlight: Stink Bugs

what to know about stink bugs

Ew! What’s the smell!? If you live in northern Virginia, you know the answer could be: stink bugs. This pest hasn’t always called our area home, so there are still things many of us are learning about the pest.

Pest Spotlight: Stink Bugs

What Do They Look Like?

This bug has a distinct shield-like shape. It is a mottled grayish-brown color and has six legs.

Where Did Stink Bugs Come From?

They haven’t always been in the United States; they were introduced to the Allentown, PA area in 1998 by accident and have since traveled around the United States.

Are They Harmful?

Not to humans! Their mouths aren’t structured in a way that enables them to pierce, sting, or bite through human skin. They only things they munch on are plants to get the nutritious juices inside. So, you and your family are safe, but crops aren’t as lucky.

Why Do They Smell?

Stink bugs smell because they are stressed out! Think of this smell like a skunk spraying. When the stink bug feels threatened, it releases an unpleasant and pungent smell from glands located on the abdomen.

How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Call ExtermPRO. We know just how to get rid of this nuisance pest. Part of our stink bug control maintenance service includes checking for cracks, gaps, and other ways pests like stink bugs can enter your home. Contact ExtermPRO, your local pest professionals to keep pests from calling your home their own. Call us today at 571-620-1168.