Brown marmorated stink bug

BMSB are Back!

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are finding their way into homes. This reoccurring pest makes itself known every fall; especially during warmer days (like the weather we’ve been enjoying). Fast forward, warmer winter days can encourage the BMSB to crawl out from beneath shingles and shutters, and out of cracks and crevices around windows and doors.


A little BMSB history according to Penn State University: the BMSB found its way into the United States through Allentown, Pennsylvania in the 1990’s. It didn’t take long for this insidious pest to spread throughout most of the United States after it was accidentally introduced from east Asia.


The BMSB is a serious pest of apples, peaches, figs, beans, and other agricultural and ornamental crops. Farmers are increasingly concerned; the crops they grow, and we buy, could become even more significantly compromised.


The best way to control BMSB is with prevention. Repair and caulk openings around windows and doors. In-the-wall air conditioners are perfect entry points for these 6-legged pests. You can always squash them (you’ll quickly find out how they got their name!). If you’re a bit squeamish, vacuuming is another option (yes, the vacuum will smell a bit).


In case you were wondering about this pesty pest, they do not bite and will not reproduce in the home.