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What Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Look Like & How to Get Rid of Them in Canoga Park, CA

As a recently foreign pest introduced to the U.S. from Eastern Asia in the mid-1990s, brown marmorated stink bugs are fairly common and they are considered an invasive species. Other references to this insect are the East Asia or yellow-brown stink bug. Though it was not identified or recognized until September of 2001, the stink bug was first collected in the United States in Allentown, PA in the fall of 1996. Brown marmorated stink bugs have successfully spread their numbers across the United States, and so far, can be found in 44 states including California. Their origins are linked to China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The stink bug rightfully earned their name since when the are disturbed or crushed with have a tendency to release a foul odor. Some species of beetles, ants, and other bugs share characteristics with the stink bug. Bearing this in mind, we at Ventura Pest Control would like to take the opportunity to relate some of the basics regarding the stink bug.

What Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Look Like?

Averaging about ¾” in size, the brown marmorated stink bug has six legs and a pair of antennae extending from their triangular or shield shaped bodies that are a mottled grayish-brown color. When people describe the insect’s body, they commonly note that it looks like a large, oval-shaped insect. Their width nearly matches their height, and since their legs extend from their body, they look fairly large. Against the dull brownish color, some may also notice the lighter bands on their antennae and the darker bands on the wings when getting closer look at the stink bug. The stink bugs fold their wings on top of their body when they are not in flight and are rather accomplished fliers. Their wings are not fully developed when these bugs are in the nymph stage. However, by the time they are adults, the fully developed wings help identify their life cycle.

Stink Bug Life Cycle

After these insect’s hatch from the egg, the immature stink bug is in the nymph lifecycle. As nymphs, the stink bugs are yellow and red. During development, the white evolves as the yellow fades. Also, during the nymph stage, they have bright red eyes. Throughout their nymph lifecycle, marmorated stink bugs shed or molt their skins five times. With each molt, the stink bugs get larger and by the lest molting, they are nearly the size of an adult stink bug.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Control

Brown marmorated stink bugs will invade in mass, generally in the fall where homeowners will often notice the infestation fairly quickly. On the discovery of dead or living stink bugs, the infestation is clear. As the weather warms up, the stink bugs will likely be found on the sunnier side of the home in an attempt to keep warm. Those with farms or gardens often detect the stink bugs as they trace the damage to crops and produce. Should you suspect stink bugs, or know they are infesting your home, be sure to call Ventura Pest Control and allow our expert, certified technicians eliminate them quickly and effectively.

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