Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB)
Stink Bugs are an imported nuisance likely from Asia that is costing America millions of dollars in damages. They are and extremely invasive ‘true bug’ (a bug with sap sucking mouth parts), that feed on a wide variety of crops, orchards and gardens. Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are especially troublesome in the fall and early winter when they are seeking warmth and shelter to overwinter. They’re about a fourth of an inch to and inch large, brown and shaped like a shield. Their bodies are relatively flat and can be flattened even more allowing them to squeeze into very tight spaces and into homes. On their underside they are equipped with a stink gland, which will release an odor when they are threatened.