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What do Stink Beetles Eat?

By Edited Aug 15, 2016 0 1

The Brown Marmorated Stink Beetle, also known as the Stink Bug, is an insect in the Pentatomidae family. It is indigenous to many countries in Asian regions. The stink bug was accidentally transported to the United States around 1998.

Colloquially, the bugs are given then name "stink bugs" on account of that they give off a pungent, bad smell. The insects are not dangerous to people. Sometimes even the fruits eaten by the bugs can still be consumed after they have been feasted on. However, most of the time the fruits will be stained and full of holes leaving it unable to be sold in stores. Stink bugs are usually devastating to plants and crops and can sometimes be the cause of spreading disease that destroys fruits and plants even further.

Feeding stink bugs often cause damage, mainly in crop growing. These bugs absolutely go for fruits and plants. These insects can also be found snacking on corn, cotton, wood, vegetables and leaves. In the late 2000's, the insect populace blew up by roughly 60%. At this date, entomologists have not ascertained updated figures.

Farmers usually start to detect the bothersome creatures in the autumn time of year, when the insects are first beginning to look for a cozy place to exist for the winter period. They delight in hiding in breaks in snug spaces, and are sometimes found in rustic places, such as sheds and farm houses. Recently, however, they have made their way into towns and suburbs. Thus, people get the inkling that the bugs are seeking humanity.

The female stink beetles lay approximately 150 eggs between June and July. All of the eggs are laid underneath vegetation. The babies that emerge stay put, since they need to go through five larval stages beforehand. Adult stink bugs can finally be observed from August on, crunching on plants and crops.

Global trading causes movement of the species. Bedbugs, for example, vanished some time ago in Los Angeles, but have returned in droves recently. Stink bugs are definite survivors and can thrive in the most inhospitable situations; so long as they have adequate plants and crops to consume.  Recently, some very effective models of stink bug trap have appeared on the market that do a great job of getting rid of these pests.

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Aug 9, 2011 1:44am
JudyE
I'm sure these are the same insects that we have in Australia. They're often called wood bugs here. Thanks for sharing.
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