close up of a stink bug

Stink Bug Identification


What Are Stink Bugs?

The brown marmorated stink bug was first found in Allentown in 1998 but it is believed that this pest was accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania several years earlier. Appropriately named, stink bugs have scent glands that are capable of emitting an offensive smelling liquid.  Adults are approximately 17 mm long and like other stinks bugs, they have the typical shield shape and are almost as wide as they are long. Both the upper and lower body surfaces of a BMSB are shades of brown with patches of coppery or bluish-metallic colored punctures on the head and pronotum.  

a stink bug on a wooden structure outside of a home in new castle delaware

Why do I have them?

Stink bugs are a nuisance pest, especially in the fall when they are in search of protected, overwintering sites.  They are attracted to the outside of buildings and will also make their way indoors utilizing cracks around windows and doors among others.  They are also a problem in the spring when they become active again.    

Are they dangerous?

Stink bugs are a serious agricultural pest and will feed on fruit, vegetables and other farm crops.  Though they are not harmful to humans and do not reproduce inside structures, their smell can be quite noticeable if they are squished or vacuumed up.  

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

Because stink bugs are found both indoors and on the exterior of structures, they can be very difficult to get rid of without help.  A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of stink bugs and recommend a treatment that will greatly reduce the number of stink bugs entering your home/structure.

Can I do it myself?

Many do-it-yourself methods to rid your property of stink bugs simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective or applied in the appropriate areas.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use.  In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Stink bugs and other pest problems are difficult to prevent which is why so many of our customers choose one of our 3 comprehensive, year round programs.   

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides service in Telford, Earlington, and King Of Prussia, as well as throughout Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties and parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. 

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