Illinois is being invaded—not by zombies or aliens, but by something almost equally frightening: stink bugs.
According to researchers at the University of Illinois, an invasive variety of stink bug is spreading across the state. The brown marmorated stink bug has now been confirmed in five counties scattered across Illinois. This yucky bug was first found in Illinois in 2010, but has now spread almost statewide.
This variety of stink bug is approximately ¾ inch long and have varying shades of brown on both their back and belly. They are shaped like a shield and are almost as wide as they are long. You will find copper-colored or metallic-blue colored round depressions on their head.
Stink bugs are appropriately named, as their scent glands release a strong, unpleasant smell if they are squashed, or even pulled into a vacuum cleaner. (You won’t be able to ignore the stink if you come across these bugs!)
Although these bugs aren’t known for being destructive, they feed on a variety of your plants and are known for making food inedible. Stink bugs will attack your fruit trees, including apples, peaches, citrus fruits, figs, mulberries, and persimmons. They also snack on ornamental plants, soybeans, and beans that are meant for human consumption. They’ll even snack on weeds. If you live near a garden, orchards, or fields, chances are higher you’ll find them in your home.
With the onset of cooler weather, stink bugs are looking for winter shelter. These bugs like to spend the winter in cozy places—like your house. If you suspect these stinky creatures have invaded your space, don’t hesitate! Call the experts at Pointe Pest Control today.