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Pentatomoidea, also referred to as shield bug, chest bug, or stink bug, is a large family of insects belonging to the Heteroptera suborder of the Hemiptera  order of the insect kingdom. They are not aggressive insects, but they sure pack a nasty smell.  Stink bugs emit a liquid from their gland that can release a pungent odor. This odor can lead to allergic reactions and nasal problems when inhaled. Stink bugs are normally agricultural pests but have now infiltrated houses all over the world. They are already present in almost all parts of America, flocking in numbers during summer. To get rid of these nasty insects, we must first understand how these creatures behave. Know the enemy to defeat them so to speak. Here are some interesting facts about nasty bugs.

Habitat – With more than 220 different species, stink bugs can be found in almost all parts of the world. Stink Bugs however are most commonly observed in the Northern parts of America and most prevalent in the warmer regions of the south. Stink bugs are illegal immigrants in the United States. Originating in china and japan, they found their way in US soil through shipping. Now you can observe stink bugs in almost all of America. Having a pair of wings, they can travel in long distances and spread fast. They are also known to have hitch hiked in vehicles to get to new locations.

Behavior – Stink bugs spray some form of pungent odor when mishandled or disturbed. The fluid is produced in specialized glands between the thorax, between its legs. This is a natural behavior of the insect to repel potential predators. Thus the name stink bug, because of the nasty odor it produces when disturbed or mishandled. Stink bugs mostly appear during summer and flock their selves inside houses in autumn to escape the cold winter season. During winter times, they insert themselves in tight cracks and crevices. They wake up and find food when the ice is melted and the weather warm. Stink bugs, like other insects, are also attracted to lights that is why you will find them inside your homes or flying in groups in a street lamp.

Food – Majority of the Stink Bug family are plant eaters but a few are also insect eaters. Mostly they feed on fruit crops and other vegetation that is why they mostly reside in farms. They can be an agricultural havoc when left unchecked. They can destroy the stems of plants and the fruit itself. The tube like suckers in their mouth serve as a form of injection to suck on the juices of plants and fruits. This in turn, leaves plants withered and fruits damaged. Farmers consider the insect as an agricultural pest because of the damage they can inflict on plants.

Dangers of Stink Bugs – Stink Bugs have also set their eyes on households around the world. The insects hibernate during winter and come out in huge numbers come summer time. They are naturally attracted to light luring their way into our houses. Stink bugs can be dangerous when mishandle. The stink liquid they produce can release a very foul odor that is irritating to the nose. The foul odor can trigger allergic reactions and nasal problems. People who have sinus problems fall victim to this stink spray. When a person is sprayed in the eyes it can cause serious problems. The liquid can cause immense pain in the eyes and can cause damage to the cornea. If ever you experience this, immediately wash your eyes with water to get rid of the liquid. Almost all stink bugs are vegetarian but there are also those that feed on other insects. Many people claim that stink buts do bite humans. People who were bitten experienced pain, much like being stung by a bee, leaving a red sore in the skin. The sore usually lasts for about a week and can sometimes produce a white puss,

Those where the important facts of stink bugs you need to know. The way to prevent these insects from crawling into your house is to understand the way they behave, their habitat, and their source of food. Since stink bugs are attracted to light, one way of repelling them is to turn unnecessary light posts at night. Seal all cracks which serve as their hiding place during winter times. With this information on hand, having a stink bug problem will no longer be a big deal.