Several kinds of stink bugs exist in the U.S. naturally, but there is one invasive species of stink bug that has invaded the U.S. and attracted negative attention – the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The BMSB feeds on plants and spreads disease to fruits and vegetables. They have been found feeding on apples, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn, soybeans, lima beans and green peppers.
Stink bugs do not cause structural damage, nor do they sting or bite. However, they are still not pleasant roommates. When a BMSB finds his way into your home for the winter, he emits a foul smelling odor to attract more BMSB to join him. They also give off foul odors when they feel they are in danger or when they sense predators. They may try to hide out in your attic, basement, crawl space, or even inside the walls. If you want to remove or prevent stink bugs from entering your home, there are a few solutions. You can remove them by hand, you can vacuum them up, and seal up all cracks and crevices leading into your home. Some people would say that killing a stink bug will attract more stink bug. This is a myth, so if you feel you need to squish the stink bugs you find in your home, feel free to do so.