What Are Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs?
Have you noticed masses of mottled brown insects gathering on your house in fall and spring? Or dead spots on leaves, fruits and vegetables in the garden? These are signs of brown marmorated stink bugs, introduced accidentally from Asia. First identified in Allentown, PA in 1996, their numbers have been growing quickly in the Mid-Atlantic. They are also found in several Midwestern and Western states. The name stink bug comes from scent glands that release a pungent odor when the insect is disturbed or crushed. Stink bugs only harm plants and do not bite or sting. You can learn about controlling stink bugs outdoors in this article.