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Stink Bugs in Massachusetts

When temperatures begin to drop, some insects consider it an open invitation to enter your South Shore home. The most frequent uninvited guests attempting to hunker down for the winter are stinkbugs. The most common species of stinkers and most unsettling to the Boston Metro area is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Halyomorpha halys, or the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, is native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan and wasn’t found in the United States until 1998. Their introduction to this country happened by accident. Researchers believe that they traveled here in fruit ships from Asia. Since then, the stink bug population in America has grown tremendously and are now found in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

This insect made its first appearance in Massachusetts in the town of Bridgewater in 2007. Since then, this stink bug species has been recorded in several towns and cities across Massachusetts.

What’s all the STINK about?

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is to blame for major economic damage to fruit, vegetable, and field crops in the mid-Atlantic region. However, while farmers in other regions of the country are concerned about the presence of the brown marmorated stink bug, they are currently not a significant agricultural pest in most areas outside of the mid-Atlantic region.

However, in addition to plant damage, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are a nuisance to Massachusetts residents because adult stink bugs often seek shelter to overwinter inside area homes and other buildings. While large infestations can be a nuisance, they do not bite people or animals, nor do they damage buildings. Their namesake is true to their character and is the primary reason for locals distaste for the bug. When disturbed or squashed, they release an unpleasant odor from scent glands on their abdomen and leave behind a mess within your home. They also release pheromones inviting more stink bugs to congregate in and around your home.

We combat stink bugs in both their early emergence and during their peak activity season.

Our professionals are well trained in treating the outside of your home for these pests. We use the same products for our stink bug treatments as our mosquito control barrier treatments, although they are applied differently. For stink bug control, we treat your property in areas stink bugs converge once they have exited the home AND spot treat above the foundation of your home to protect the areas where stink bugs enter.

Another place stink bugs may enter is your chimney. Since we are unable to treat that area, we advise using the chimney in early September and a few times through October to prevent stink bug entry. We also advise having the chimney checked once a year for creosote buildup and cleaning if needed.

For a free quote on treating for stink bugs on your property, call us today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at [email protected].

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.


Spring Stink Bug Treatment

In the spring we like to treat to eliminate stink bugs after they emerge in order to prevent them from laying eggs around your property. This will also reduce the number around your home in the fall. The spring treatment focuses on eliminating the stink bugs after they have exited your home where they spent the winter.

— Weymouth MA cherry tree in bloom

Stink bugs love fruit trees, especially apple, pear and cherry trees. Researchers have found that trees with ripe fruit attracted more than twice as many adult stink bugs compared with trees bearing immature fruit. Properties with an abundance of fruit trees, or an orchard, may require an intensive approach if dealing with an exceptional amount of adult stink bugs.

— Cohasset MA apple tree

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South recommends treating stink bugs outside of your home to prevent their remains from attracting more harmful insects.

Fall Stink Bug Treatment

This treatment focuses on preventing stink bugs that land on the home and release pheromones (creating a congregation of stinkbugs getting ready to invade the home). Our treatment aids in preventing one stink bug from spreading the word to others that it has located a great place for the whole gang to spend winter! Keep in mind the stink bug eggs laid in spring are hatching in August!

Prevention is key to controlling stink bugs. If we prevent the first stink bug then we can reduce the invasion.

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