Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Q: I found this stinkbug in my house . Is it the brown marmorated stinkbug? We have been finding them since last summer.

A: Yes, it is a Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB). I see the characteristic white bands on the antennae. Gardeners and growers in the Northeast have been having a terrible problem with this bug. It feeds on many fruits and vegetables, making them unmarketable. It will become a BIG problem for Georgia gardeners and homeowners.

The insect aggregates on the sides of homes and buildings in fall and moves inside through cracks under doors and around windows. If you step on one you’ll quickly find out why they are called “stinkbug”.

The best way to remove them indoors is by covering with a cup and sliding a card underneath then squashing them outdoors. If you vacuum them up you’ll have a stinky vacuum cleaner!

Prevent their entry by sealing window frames and door seals. If they are indoors, they came through a crack you haven’t yet discovered.

These insects are tough to control. Read the labels for spinosad (click for sources), carbaryl (click for sources) or permethrin (click for sources) to see if they might be useful in your situation.

see

BugGuide

Stinkbug Identification

Comparison with Other Stinkbugs

BMSD Control

Pictures of damage

National Clearinghouse of BMSB Information

 Host Plants for BMSB

brown marmorated stinkbug

brown marmorated stinkbug

brown marmorated stinkbug

brown marmorated stinkbug

 

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