Interesting Factoids on Stink Bugs

Stink Bug Season
Stink Bug Season

The name carpenter ant just sounds industrious. The idiom “busy as a bee” also gives some positive characteristics to a tiny pest. But with a name like stink bug, it is unlikely this particular insect species will be getting their own Pixar movie anytime soon. Despite their unpleasant name and repulsive defense mechanism, these creatures are fascinating just the same.


Homeowners typically notice the most stink bugs during spring, fall and early winter. The insects are not able to generate any body heat and will seek a warm place to overwinter. They like to get inside walls to ride out the cold months. Once inside, they can be very difficult to eliminate.


Farmers and home gardeners are familiar with the damage stink bugs can inflict on crops like cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, apples, and pears. They will also eat other insects like caterpillars. They seldom bite humans unless they have no method of escape.

The smell

Anytime the stink bug is frightened, it will release a foul odor from the stink glands. The smell is described differently by people. Some say it is a sharp bitter odor. Others compare it to sweaty feet. Regardless of how people feel about it, other stink bugs like it and follow it to find a new place to live.

To prevent any pest from taking up residence inside your New Jersey business, contact the experts at Stern Environmental Group.