Stink Bugs in the House

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Common Questions About Stink Bugs in the House

Common Species
Species of this pest found in New England include both the green stink bug (Acrosternum hilare) and the newer invasive species, the brown marmorated stink bug, or Halyomorpha halys.

Both insects remain destructive pests to:

  • Native plants
  • Ornamental trees
  • A variety of consumer crops grown in the area.

What Attracts Stink Bugs?

Typically drawn to aggregation pheromones released by other stink bugs in the area indicating a food source or mating site, homeowners may notice a stink bug infestation quite quickly. Killing (crushing) a stink bug does not generally attract others of the species.

Signs of Infestation

Sight & Smell
The most significant sign of infestation remains visibly seeing the insect.

When threatened, the stink bug releases an unpleasant and pungent smell from glands located on the abdomen.


As the weather cools, both species seek to overwinter in order to emerge during the next breeding season. Seeking heat, stink bugs may enter the home through cracks in:

  • The foundation
  • Entryways
  • Windows
  • Other points of egress

Common Locations
Though not harmful to humans or pets, a stink bug infestation may easily occur as the insect tends to group up when seeking warmth. Attracted to light as well, the stink bug may be found in various places in the home, such as:

  • In kitchens by appliances
  • Near light fixtures
  • On walls around doorways
  • On windowsills

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