Why Do Stink Bugs Smell?


On paper, stink bugs are harmless little bugs; they do not bite, they do not swarm, and they do not have an appearance that strikes fear in others. But oh, do those stink bugs smell. You don’t even need to see these gentle-looking insects to know they’re there—it’s often their stench that gives them away.

Why Do Stink Bugs Smell?

Consider stink bugs the skunks of the pest world. That funky smell coming from them is a distress signal. When threatened, the stink bug releases an unpleasant and pungent smell from glands located on the abdomen. But don’t believe everything you hear about the stench—crushing a stink bug does not generally attract others of the species.

DIY Ways to Get Stink Bugs Out

Stink bugs come indoors seeking relief from the cold winter months. They huddle together for warmth, which is why infestations are common, and you’ll often find them near light sources. While harmless (other than their repulsive smell) they aren’t roommates you’d like to keep. Here are a few at-home ways to get them out:

Trap Them in a Glass

Whenever you see one on a wall, grab a glass container and gently place it over the insect until it’s covered. Then slip some type of paper underneath to cover it, take the glass outside and let it free away from the property.

Dog Poop Bags

Place the bag over your hand and gently glide it over the stink bug. Once you have it, grab the stink bug with the bag, close it, and tie it as quickly as possible. A small amount of smell may still be released, but you should be able to avoid the stench.

Soapy Water

If you place a big of dawn dish detergent in a bucket of water and flick the stink bugs inside, they’ll sink to the bottom. There you can let them drown, or you can take the water outside and dump it out near the curb to allow the insect to live.

Keep Your House Smelling Fresh and Free of Stink Bugs with Help.

A professional pest management company, like Green Pest Solutions, is your best strategy for ensuring your home stays free of stink bugs all throughout the year. If you are in need of stink bug removal, make sure you call us today at 877-636-9469.