stink bugs

Asked January 19, 2016, 7:21 PM EST

My indoor plants have been dying. After reading this article I believe it is due to the stink bug in my home. I have been trying natural remedies but nothing is 100 percent working. Please advise. Thanks

Perry County Pennsylvania stink bugs brown marmorated stinkbugs

1 Response

One method of control:

Insecticides of any kind are not recommended for indoor stink bug control. Vacuuming up bugs is the recommended control once you have them indoors. Sealing cracks, mending ripped screens and blocking other access points is recommended for denying stink bug access to the home.

For more information on stink bugs see http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/pdf/FS_3824_08.pdf

On a side note, while diatomaceous earth can be used for some indoor pest issues, it is important to NEVER use pool filter grade diatomaceous earth indoors as it is a respiratory hazard.

Thomas Bolles
Environmental Educator
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Prince William Unit

Controlling Stink Bugs from Mississippi State:
http://msucares.com/newsletters/pests/bugwise/2011/bw07_2011.pdf

Another from Penn State:
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

Another with pesticide recommendations from Texas A&M:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/organic/files/2011/03/stinkbugs.pdf