10 Amazing Stink Bug Facts No One Could Make Up

They’re another summertime pest that many have grown to despise. Many would rather squash them than read about them. Yet, these critters still have plenty of interesting facts to learn about.

The Oddest Stink Bug Facts

1 Their natural predators include mice, praying mantises, and daddy long-leg spiders.

2 Most fish feed on a variety of insects but will refuse to eat stinkbugs due to their nasty taste.

3 Though there are many variations of the stinkbug, they are all identifiable by their shield-like shape.

4 Stink bug nymphs are more colorful with light-colored markings that fade away to green or brown by the adult stages.

5 Stink bugs are attracted to the color yellow; use it to your advantage to steer them clear of your house.

6 They’re a crop pest, utilizing their proboscis to penetrate various fruits and vegetables to eat the crop from the inside out.

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7 Their exoskeleton causes dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, when it makes human contact.

8 They were first collected in Pennsylvania in the United States  in 2001.

9 The stink bug originates from the Asian countries China, Japan, and Taiwan.

10 Their aroma is comprised of the same components as cilantro.

11 Much like the Asian lady beetle, stink bugs have grown to be one of the most common pest throughout the Americas and abroad. If your fruits and vegetables begin to show slight signs of deformation and discoloring, you may have a stink bug infestation!

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