Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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How to Identify a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The brown marmorated stink bug is a shield-shaped insect and is mottled brown and gray in color. They have alternating white and black bands on their antennae and black and white alternating pattern surrounding its wing. They have smooth shoulders without spines. 

Are They A Health Risk

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a nuisance because they congregate indoors over winter and can annoy building occupants. They over winter in cracks and crevices in buildings. They emit an unpleasant odor when smashed. They are not a health threat, but they can cause damage to host plants. 

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Where Can I Find Them

Brown marmorated stink bugs can overwinter in mass in buildings and houses and they lay their eggs on host plants. 


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A brown marmorated stink bug likes to eat a broad host range including fruits, vegetables, field crops, ornamentals, weeds and native species.

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Tips & Tricks

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug larvae and eggs

How To Prevent Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

  • Seal up cracks and crevices that may allow stink bugs to enter buildings.
  • Vacuum to remove indoor and outdoor populations and avoid planting host plants around buildings, if possible. 

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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