Stink Bug


Actual Size: ¾”

Characteristics: Marbled grayish-brown


  • Emits a putrid smell when crushed, frightened or disturbed. 
  • Can cause severe damage to several crops, including fruit trees. 
  • During fall, they will sometimes enter homes in large numbers to overwinter.

What is a stink bug?

Stink bugs are named appropriately because of the smell their small glands, located on their thorax, emit when crushed or threatened. They are a mottled grayish-brown color and have a distinctive triangular-shaped plate on their backs, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “shield” bugs. They were introduced to the US in Pennsylvania in 1996 from Asia. Stink bugs are considered to be an agricultural pest and feed on a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Do stink bugs really smell bad?

Yes, stink bugs do live up to their name and smell really bad. Many people say that it reminds them of a very potent, foul cilantro smell.

Why do stink bugs come inside?

When the weather cools in the fall, stink bugs often look to move inside of homes and other buildings to find a warm, safe place to overwinter in. They enter into the home through gaps around doors and windows or spaces found in foundations. The stink bugs will hide behind walls, in crawl spaces, and under baseboards. In the spring they become active again in your home as they look to move back outdoors to feed and mate.

Will stink bugs cause damage inside my home?

Stink bugs are considered to be nuisance pests inside of homes and don’t cause damage. However, their smell can become very overwhelming, and you will want to eliminate them as quickly as possible.

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

If you find one or two in your home, scoop them up and toss it outside or flush it. Never use your vacuum to suck up the stink bugs—the smell will ruin a vacuum.

For a large infestation, professionals should be called to find and eliminate all of the stink bugs that are hiding in your home. The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control’s customized year-round pest control services will control stink bugs and other nuisance pests in your home. If you are experiencing problems with stink bugs, contact the professionals at The Hitmen today.