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Stink Bug

Actual Size: ¾”

Characteristics: Pentagonal bodies that are usually a mottled brown, gray, or green color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: 2 pairs

Habitat: Mainly found in warm, sunny areas near thick vegetation. Indoors, they usually congregate near windows and doors.

Habits:

  • Get their name from their habit of emitting a foul-smelling odor when scared. 
  • Usually prefers outdoor environments, but may sneak indoors when it’s cold. 
  • Capable of causing severe damage to plants.
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Stink Bugs in Kailua Kona

Stink bugs, also known as shield bugs, are characterized by their distinctive shield-shaped bodies. They typically have six legs and antennae, and their bodies may range in color from brown and green to mottled patterns. One notable feature is their ability to release a pungent odor when threatened or crushed, serving as a defense mechanism against predators. Stink bugs are part of the Pentatomidae family, and there are numerous species found worldwide.

Stink Bug Habitat

Stink bugs are adaptable insects found in a variety of habitats, including gardens, fields, orchards, and urban areas. They feed on a wide range of plants, using their piercing-sucking mouthparts to extract juices. Some species are agricultural pests, causing damage to crops by feeding on fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Stink bugs are known for congregating in large numbers, especially during the fall, seeking sheltered places to overwinter.

Stink Bug Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Stink bugs do not pose direct threats to humans, as they are not known to bite or sting. However, their defensive odor can be unpleasant, and contact with the bugs or their secretions may cause skin irritation in some individuals. While some species are beneficial as predators of other insects, certain stink bug species can be agricultural pests, causing economic losses for farmers.

If you have a stink bug problem in your Kailua Kona property, contact your local exterminators for help.