Types of Stink Bugs in Tennessee

Unfortunately, there’s not only one species of stink bug. In fact, there are hundreds of species found in North America—some of which include the southern green stink bug and the one-spotted stink bug. By far the most common type found in Tennessee is the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

What is a brown marmorated stink bug?

Most often referred to as simply a “stink bug,” the brown marmorated stink bug can be both an invasive and a nuisance pest in Tennessee that favors foods such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, and buds. This insect was first discovered in the U.S. when it arrived from Asia in the late 1990s and then encountered in Tennessee in 2008. The BMSB is also the most common type of stink bug across the country but is mostly found in the eastern states.

Do brown marmorated stink bugs cause damage?

Not only can stink bugs devastate gardens and agricultural crops, but they also intrude upon homes as their populations rise in many states. Chemical secretions from BMSB may irritate those with sensitive eyes or skin, so it’s best to wear gloves if you handle them. However, the insects will not cause structural damage to buildings.

How do you identify brown marmorated stink bugs?

Wondering what that shield-shaped bug is on the windowsill? There’s a good chance it’s a brown marmorated (or “marble-like”) stink bug.

Some identifying features of adult stink bugs include:

  • Body length of about a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch
  • Body width nearly proportional to its length
  • Brown color at the top, grayish-brown underneath, and white bands on the antennae and sides of the abdomen
  • Blending in with tree bark

Some identifying features of younger stink bugs, or nymphs, include:

  • Wingless body and white banding on antennae and legs
  • Red and black color combination

Shield Your Home with Stink Bug Control in Tennessee

Even if you think there’s nothing appealing to stink bugs inside your home, this pest has no problem overwintering inside your walls, basement, or attic until the weather warms up. Spotting a few brown marmorated stink bugs in Tennessee can easily turn into an infestation if not properly controlled. That’s why our professional pest control team at U.S. Pest Protection is here to serve our customers with quality, preventative methods to ensure stink bugs leave and stay gone. Give us a call, or schedule your free inspection online today!

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