As temperatures start to cool the brown marmorated stink bugs start to congregate around windows, doors, and crack of buildings seeking refuge from the coming winter. Thankfully with the latest streak of warm weather, this has helped to push back the swarm of stink bugs trying to make a home out of ours but that does not mean the threat is over.
The brown marmorated stink bug was first released into the United States in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1996. They got there from northeast Asia in a shipping container that initially entered the U.S. via the port of Philadelphia or Elizabeth, New Jersey, according to Penn State University. The invasive insect has now spread to 44 states across the country but still primarily resides in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and North and South Carolina.
Similar to how they got to the Eastern U.S., stink bugs have now been seen in California and Oregon via hitching rides on trucks, cars, packages, and belongings as they move across the country.
After stink bugs move inside homes, businesses, and other man-made structures they enter a state of diapause or suspended development, a similar physiological state to hibernation. They normally stay in this state over the winter before they reemerge in mid- to late spring. Sometimes they emerge from this inactive state on an abnormally warm day which helps to explain why active adults can be seen throughout winter and early spring in warmer climates.
A stink bug’s ability to survive is quite amazing, while cold winter temperatures keep some from making it out of diapause, most make it to the spring and mating season. With the increasing warmer winters scientists have also been seeing an increase in the stink bug populations throughout the middle and northern states.
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