How do you identify a stink bug bite? The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, also referred to as simply the "stink bug", can be found in roughly 15 U.S. states. These bugs can destroy crops and different plants by attaching to them as a food source. Stink bugs also require shelter for the winter and many of these bugs are known to enter homes and take up residence during this time period.
Thankfully, you don't have to worry about being bitten by these insects since stink bugs will not bite humans or animals; they eat only plants. Still, though, it's understandable if you'd rather not have these unpleasant critters running around your home. You can idenfity stink bugs by their four oval wings and green-brownish color. The actual odor produced by these bugs is rather unpleasant as well. The smell itself is used by stink bugs as a self-defense mechanism against predators.
The best way to protect your home from a stink bug infestation is to ensure that all your windows, doors and any cracks or openings in your home are properly sealed. For windows and smaller openings, use caulking to seal them shut. If you do find stink bugs in your home, the easiest and best way to remove them is via a vacuum cleaner. However, if you encounter an infestation or large assortment of the bugs, calling pest control is probably your best bet, as it can be quite a smelly process trying to remove stink bugs by yourself. Also, you should never use pesticides in your own home without the advice or expertise of a professional.