The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Not native to America this insect seems to be introduced by accident in North America and more specifically the US. The first reports of a Brown Stink Bug come from Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1998. Apart from the US, they can be seen in different countries and by the end of 2010 around thirty-seven countries reported populations of this type of bug. However, it’s quite possible that they can be found in all countries around the world.
They are a well known agricultural pest, mostly in Asia where they usually attack the soybean crops and damage vegetable and fruit production. However, after their introduction in the US, the population is gradually growing, and they are becoming a new pest.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is taking over US territories step-by-step, and it seems this little “warrior” will not give up. The reports show that 2011 could be the worst year in terms of Stink Bug infestations, so be ready!
The Green Stink Bug
The differences between the Green Stink Bug and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug are not much. Of course, the first and obvious difference is the color (hence the different names). Their color is usually bright green, so not easy to miss this one on your crops. The green bug is similar in size, form and “diet” habits to its brown relative.
It can be found in gardens, orchards and farms in different parts in North America. It also seems that the fruits tend to attract more this type of shield bugs. Part of their daily meal is cherry trees, orange trees, soybean, cotton, apple trees, etc.
Other Stink Bug species
There are more than 250 species of Stink Bugs around the world. In the US, you can “meet” more than 20 different types of Stink Bugs (could be much more). They all vary by color, size and physical characteristics. Some of the Shield Bugs are predators (The Florida predatory Stink Bug) and are feeding on different insects, including other species of Stink Bugs. You can definitely consider them a natural pest control method, but we will discuss more on that topic in the Stink Bugs infestation section of the website.
As you can see there are more than just one or two types of Shield Bugs, which can harm your fruit and crop production or even attack your house. While in general they are harmless insects the tendency to grow big populations actually turns them into a pest. On this website, we are discussing various topics on the Stink Bugs but also different ways to get rid of them permanently. As Sun Tzu says in “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster!” Good Luck!