Jul 062011
 

Stink Bug Bites Home Cures and Ways To Avoid Them

Stink Bug image from Tehran, Iran. Photo by SEN

Stink bug bites reports in North America are increasing dramatically over the last few years as Stink Bugs rapidly infest the continent since first accidentally introduced in 1996.

It is clear that stink bugs are not seeing human blood as a source of food, as opposed to other biting insects such as mosquitoes and bed bugs.

Stink bug bites are actually believed to be the insects defensive reaction when they are accidentally approached or touched.

It is very likely that prior to stink bug bites, you’ll smell a nasty odor as the stink bugs spray their smelly chemicals as their main source of defense.

Are Stink Bug bites dangerous?

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Stink bug bites are toxic, though are not considered dangerous and it is not reported to carry any diseases. However, Stink Bug bites are painful, and often followed by a red/yellow colored tender area which later tends to itch.

Learn more about  the stink bug bite here.

 

How do you avoid Stink Bug bites?

Stink bugs do not bite unless they feel threatened, so the best practice is simply avoiding them. Unfortunately, that sometimes can be easier said than done. Stink Bugs often seek warm and dark shelter, especially on colder months, and often found hiding at our homes. An accidental encounter with the insect can sometime happen when searching for stuff in the closet, putting our shoes on, and even laying in bed.

The best way to avoid Stink Bugs bite is through prevention. Learn how to get rid of Stink Bugs and try to prevent them from entering your home and you’ll do a significant step not only towards avoiding Stink Bug bites, but also interrupting with their reproduction and slowing their invasion rate across the country.

Additionally, once you spot a stink bug, avoid handling it with bare hands as it may bite, and leave an unmistakable odor intended to fend off potential predators and threat.

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How do you treat stink bug bites?

  • Stink Bug bites treatments are similar to other insects bites treatment. There is no known antidote at this time.
  • Run hot water on the bitten area for a minute or two.
  • Apply Vinegar or rubbing alcohol on the area
  • Use Aloe Vera cream, calamine lotion or After-Bite  cream to ease the pain and itchiness
  • Rub Lavender essential oil
  • Create a paste mixing baking soda and water or vinegar and apply it on the  Stink Bug bite
  • Lastly, one can take Aspirin or antihistamine containing diphenhydramine to fight the buddies reaction to Stink Bug bites
  • It is important to monitor your body’s condition for any allergic reaction that may occur and consult a physician before taking any medicine.

Stink Bug bites are unpleasant, and stink bugs are a real menace as they also cause huge damages to crops and fields. If you notice Stink Bugs in your house or garden note they do not belong there. We should do whatever we can to get of stink bugs, before it’s getting our of our hands.

Please feel free to leave a comment and share your own knowledge and experience treating stink bug bites and we’ll update our pages accordingly.

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  2. I have been bitten by a stink bug and it does hurt. I was in the store room at work and put my hand down on the merchandise and must have accidentally touched it, not seeing it was there. It felt like a needle went through my hand and immediately I felt the worst buring sensation. It hurt like 5 times as much as a bee sting and made my palm and two fingers swell up. My work sent me to the hospital and they said it wasn’t poisonous because there was no “black dot” in the center of the bite. The swelling lasted almost a week and the bite left me with a permanant dark spot on my finger.

    • Thanks for the info.
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      • I have a circular yellow brown rash on the bottom of my foot. I had a stink bug in my shoe.

      • Hi i was trimming my grape fruit tree, and the small branches were on the ground. I wanted to cut back the grass that had grown around the trunk,so i just pushed the branches aside.But i must have sat on the bugs because all of a sudden… i had extreme burning pain on the cheek of my bum.I checked and had four big red marks the size of a twenty cent peice.And still after 14hours still burning and sore.I put tea tree oil on them and savlon cream to ease the burn. I have taken photos of them but dont know where to send them, if u want them could u send me u email address.

  3. I was bitten in the corner of my eye this morning, I woke up to a burning sensation in my eye and I too have a brown streak.

  4. I’ve been bitten by them repeatedly while sleeping, on my arms and shoulder area, parts that stick out of the covers. It’s like they are feeding on me while I’m sleeping. They haven’t been emitting any odor, so that tells me I haven’t been accidentally rolling over on them. My boyfriend encountered one in bed and it sprayed him when he brushed it off. With me, they wait til I’m sound asleep and come down and bite me. This has been happening for about a month and I just figured out it was them after ruling out every other bug. They were living in my curtain above where I sleep. The welts they leave behind are raised, bumpy, with a spot in the middle . It itches like poison ivy but takes longer to go away. I believe they think I’m a food source now.

  5. I was bitten by a stink bug last night on my neck. it still is painful and hurts. it felt lie something hot and radiated out. We have an old house (220 yease old) and with the warm weather this weekend they thought it was spring and invaded the house. I live in Westeren Pa. I have tried sprays and Dawn Soap to get rid of them and still struggle with them.

  6. i was asleep last night and i awoke to find something on my face, i was only half-awake and i grabed it. it turned out to be a stink bug and it bit and sprayed me. the bite left a welt the size of a pencil eraser and swelled and burns. the bug also made my room,hair,hands, and clothes stink. i took about 7 showers after but my hands still smell bad. i tried putting lemon juice on my hands but i had to wait for the smell to wear of . :( my friend saw my welt and asked what it was. i told her a stink bug bit me and then she made fun of me because the did not believe me…. i hate stink bugs

  7. i was asleep last night and i awoke to find something on my face, i was only half-awake and i grabed it. it turned out to be a stink bug and it bit and sprayed me. the bite left a welt the size of a pencil eraser and swelled and burns. the bug also made my room,hair,hands, and clothes stink. i took about 7 showers after but my hands still smell bad. i tried putting lemon juice on my hands but i had to wait for the smell to wear of . :( my friend saw my welt and asked what it was. i told her a stink bug bit me and then she made fun of me because the did not believe me…. i hate stink bugs

  8. I was sleeping then one morning I woke up and. I found a big sore bump looking thing on my hand and I mainly see the big green stink bugs. I will try the info thanks

  9. I just got bit by one. The intensity of the pain is something indescribable. It burns and it itches. And I think it’s starting to cause a rash around what I’m calling “the bite site”. The good news is that there’s no black dot. Not even yellow. It’s just really red and irritated. I didn’t even know they could bite through human flesh. I assumed they had to eat somehow, obviously. But you never see teeth or a stinger or anything….

  10. my house seems to have alot of stink bugs and my girls that are sleeping on 3rd floor and waking up everymorning with tons of bites what could i do

  11. I was playing volleyball outside when all if a sudden a bug flew in my eye it hurt so I tried to get it out. Then I felt a really sharp pain in my eye. I went to my dad for help because it hurt really bad. We could tell it was a stink bug by the odor it put off in my eye. I went to the hose to rince my eye out but I still couldn’t open it. After a few house I was able tho open my eye but it still stung. And now about 4 days after it is still very sore. It have scabs on my eye lids and it is a dark pink and red color.

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  12. I have been bit many times. When it is hot out they are everywhere. I use Benadryl for allergies, it stops the itching and burning and the bite area clears up quickly. They are nasty little beggers…..

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  13. Your information much appreciated! I was weeding, wearing gloves, when ‘something’ suddenly was obviously inside the cuff of my glove – also obviously not a bit of dirt or leaf because whatever it was bit me! My gloves don’t have long cuffs so the critter was actually on the back of my hand, just beyond my ‘outer’ wrist bone. I tossed another handful of weeds then stopped to remove whatever it was. I was surprised to see a small (abt 4 mm long) green bug! Found your site and photos today so feel the culprit is confirmed.

    I’ve worked among plants and harvest all my life, have laid under mowing machinery to repair it while a universe of insects including stink bugs crawled all about. This one looked like so many others (small, ‘leaf-shaped’, and totally non-threatening). Never a bite until now – presumably it didn’t like being inside my glove! In any case – it bit me 2x close together by the time I removed my glove and set it free. I know it was this insect that bit me as when I removed my glove, there it sat – in the spot on my hand where I’d felt the bite.

    That was yesterday afternoon. By last evening and on-going 24 hrs later – Mild to moderate swelling outward an inch or so from the bite marks and tremendous itching. Bite ‘injection’ spots very small (<1mm) and barely raised – much like a harmless spider bite. I'm applying anti-itch creme (toothpaste, my 'go to' remedy works great on mosquito bites and seems to help with this bite.)

    I'm also being careful to leave it alone, and am keeping an eye on it. Hope it will be OK, I live out of town in a sparsely populated area and access to Dr. care is at best complicated, at worst – time and travel consuming and pricey. I wear long sleeves and gloves especially to avoid just this kind of situation! Yikes!

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  14. Got stung by a stink bug the pain is the worst pain I have had from a sting and the skin is swollen and red feels feverish

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