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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug | Des Moines, IA

brown marmorated stink bug

Few pests conjure up immediate feelings of revulsion the way stink bugs do. Adult brown marmorated stink bugs tend to be grey-brown in color, have six legs, are about ¾ of an inch long, and a triangular shape. They have light bands on their antennae and dark bands on the edge of their abdomen. The stink glands that give the brown marmorated stink bug its name are located under the thorax between their first and second set of legs. These pests reside in the Mid-Atlantic or the Northeast regions of the U.S.

Stink bugs generally produce one generation a year. However, warmer spring and summer conditions may cause them to have two or three generations. It is during the warmer months that female brown marmorated stink bugs will attach their eggs underneath leaves and stems. After the nymphs hatch, they go through about five immature stages before becoming full-sized adults.

Stink Bug Damage in the United States

Though brown marmorated stink bugs are normally a nuisance pest for homeowners in urban areas, they are increasingly becoming a  problem for the agriculture industry throughout the U.S. Stink bug infestations attack crops and plants such as peaches, apples, corn, citrus fruits, tomatoes, soybeans, etc. To feed on the plants, stink bugs pierce the plant with their proboscis to suck the juices out, which in turn permanently damages the crop. Some farmers have lost their entire crop and incurred millions of dollars in losses due to these pests.

According to Pest World, the brown marmorated stink bug has been found in:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Iowa Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are not known to bite or damage property, however, for many Iowans with farms or any agriculture, they are notorious for wreaking havoc on crops. Additionally, these pests are known to invade Iowa homes and create a stink bug infestation before you know it.

Stink Bug Control in Iowa

To keep stink bugs out of your Iowa home or business and to prevent stink bug infestations, seal cracks around windows, siding, utility pipes, doors, outlets, chimneys, etc. For additional stink bug control, replace any outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs. This will be less attractive to the stink bugs and keep them away.

Get Rid of Stink Bugs with Preferred Pest!

In addition to the stink bug control tips and tricks stated previously, call a pest professional for additional treatment to get rid of stink bugs. As Des Moines' leading pest control service, Preferred Pest will treat for brown marmorated stink bugs around late summer or fall to ensure that stink bug infestations do not occur as they begin to seek shelter from the cooler weather. For further questions regarding stink bugs, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at (515) 276-7277 today!