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?

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.

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.

  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

  15. 3/10/15 12:27 am I was in bed and got up and smelled the stitch of a stink bug . It had crawled down my back while i was preparing for sleep. I got some tissue an flushed it. Then I felt this stinging, burning , above my wrist. It has a yellow/red color ,smells awful, swelling worse then a bee sting. Another thing I do feel that they attack at night , because over the autumn season they kept flying onto my husband and I while we slept. CREEPY! I hate waking to a buzzing pest on my face or in my hair! Ugh! I feel I’m having an allergic reaction to the sight were I was bitten. Thanks for all this information . It really helped me calm down.

  16. I was just bitten and immediately “googled” it to see if they indeed do bite. So glad I found your website! Felt a stinging/burning sensation on my finger and looked down to find a stinkbug latched on at my knuckle. I immediately washed in hot soapy water and am watching it for swelling, itching, etc. Strange that I felt nothing until the bite. Do they have the ability to protectively numb the area prior biting (like mosquitoes)?

  17. I seem to be the only one in the house they are attacking. I get bit around 7 times a day. I wake up to them biting me or buzzing past my face. I get no sleep. I have red bumps and im itching constantly and all over. I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone. I feel like I’m being attacked.

  18. Sleeping. Roll over. Ow! wtf! Scared it was a spider. Just a stink bug. Okay all better. Come here. Okay won’t kill me. Is a little itchy. Tolerable pain. Coughs *is congested*. Posts this. Goes back to bed.

  19. It should be noted that they spray itself is very toxic & is rather painful also. I just found that out the hard way laying in bed here I felt the flutter of ones wings on my cheek so I swatted at it by nature & the next thing I felt was that nasty smelling spray followed by a painful burning sensation. Not fun!!

  20. I just woke up this morning and saw a yellow spot on my arm I tried to wash it off and I couldn’t get it to go away then realized it burns and hurts, it was then I noticed a stink bug in my bed I guess I rolled on it and killed it.

  21. This is a billion and not even one of a chance it happening. I just got out of the shower and put my briefs on and got bit on my genitals. I didn’t know what’s was going on. I got scared and started stripping down and a stink bug was pressed against my boys. Omg… the pain. Should I go to the doc or what….. what works the best

  22. I was riding my bike yesterday and a large stink bug flew onto my leg. Needless to say it bit me. Probably due to my reaction. I don’t like those things… They’re creepy looking. Anyway this is what I did. I made a poultice of food grade activated Charcoal, raw honey and a few drops of tea tree oil. Mixed it into a kind of thick paste, similar to toothpaste. Applied the poultice to the bite and covered it with a band-aid. Kept it covered overnight and today I can still see the hole from the bite but there’s no swelling, bruising, or pain etc. This poultice recipe works well for different things. My son’s toe got infected from an ingrown toenail I applied this a few times a day and it cleared up completely in two days. It was red and swollen with yellow fluid in it. He was in a lot of pain. Hope this helps someone.

  23. I don’t know if i we’re bitten by a stink bug because I don’t even know what kind of Bug it is, but it really does smells, I just found it hanging on my shirt, I kinda got shocked and removed by toppling it, anyway, I don’t experience any itch or pain in my thumb but there’s a yellowish part on it and smells awfully bad.

  24. What kind of stink bugs are biting?? We’ve been invaded by the brown stink bug from Asia, here in Oregon, but I understand that they don’t bite…

  25. I was actually bitten on my back from a stink bug a few years back. The area which I live is being taken over by these horrible creatures. They get into every crack and crevice in your home and vehicles. They have been known to hitch a ride in my kids back packs to school and come out in the most embarrassing of circumstances. A couple of restaurants up here had to close because they just destroyed their business with their constant presence. One summer day a few years back, I was driving my husband’s truck and they got under seat cover unbeknownst to me. I has speeding down the highway and I first felt a tickle on my back. I went to reach to scratch it and noticed with my hand that a number of stink bugs crawled out of the seat cover and made their way down my Tshirt onto my back. My movement to scratch scared them and a couple of them started to bite. In all honesty, it was worse pain than a wasp sting. I swerved the truck not knowing what on earth just happened. It felt like something was burning me. I quickly pulled over to find out what on earth was going on and when I jumped out, that is when I felt a number of them moving about my back. My youngest daughter had to get them off of me. That was when I noticed that they made a nest under the car seat cover. Within a short period of time of me getting these disgusting things out of the truck and off of me, I started to get really dizzy. The pain was still enormous. A huge hard lump formed on my back where I was bitten repeatedly in the same area. I went to the ER and they told me at first that it was impossible that they don’t bite. But while there I had a fever that spiked to 103 and I couldn’t stand or walk without appearing to be intoxicated. They had to a very minor emergency surgery that night to get that lump full of venom off of my back. They were able to determine it was a bug bite that caused that reaction, but was still reluctant to write down it was stink bugs that did it. My scar is still on my back and the incision has to be at least 5 inches long. The infectious disease doctor they sent to my room said that this was extremely uncommon and that I must have just been allergic. A couple of weeks later, my daughter gets bitten on her inner thigh from one that landed on her in the night. Not quite as big as mine. But when it bit her, she woke up screaming in pain. Same thing happened to her, only her lump as only a fourth the size as mine and her incision line is only as big as a quarter. Thinking I was incredibly rare, a one in a million allergic reaction, but now confused because the same thing happened to my daughter, I searched online and found a number of people talking in blogs about the very same reaction. Apparently, in areas where there is a high number of these things, they have somehow either evolved, mutated, or hybrid with another species, and there is a pattern with these hybrid species and biting and this reaction. They are black and red, typically stink bugs are just that ugly brown, but the biters are black and a tiny bit of red on them. I have learned keeping your outside of your home sprayed with a bleach, dish detergent, and diluted with warm water (some people around here also add windex, not sure if that ingredient actually does anything or not) actually helps tremendously with keeping them away from your doors, windows, vents, etc…, basically any access points to your home. I have sprayed a bunch that were on my door with it and they actually just flipped over, slid down, or just got away. Its a great deterrent. Its been a few years and knock on wood, no more bites. But I owe it to the homemade concoction that my neighbors turned me on too. Bug sprays and all that are just poisonous and do not kill them, they only kill you trying to get rid of them.

  26. Just yesterday at the football field I was walking without shoes, I was bit in the end of my toetoe and stustuck there. It wasn’t the worst pain but yes it did hurt..

  27. In a weird twist of fate, I was up late with insomnia and watching MIMIC on cable about 10 days ago, when I felt something land on my shoulder. I assumed it was just dust or the occasional harmless small spiders we have. I burshed at it, it fly away and then right back at me and bit me on the neck just below the hairline. It felt like somebody had touched a lit cigarette to my neck. I carried the bug out in a tissue so it wouldn’t spray me and flushed it down the toilet. I should have kept it since the bite swelled up and eventually leaked a yellowish liquid that was not pus. Now I have a round scar and a small hole where the bite began. I assume it will heal but leave an indented, darkened scar. I should have put that thing in a baby food jar and gone to an ER so they could document it. If you call Poison Control, they tell you Stink Bugs don’t bite but they DO. Try NOT handle them,. Just put a paper towel in the path and they’ll crawl onto it. Then dump them in the toilet and flush them away with the toilet lid CLOSED (they can sometimes cling to the sides and try to fly out)

  28. I just got bit last night…I thought it was a spider bite but I just found a dead stink big in my bed. The bite burns so bad!

  29. I’ve never been bothered by stink bugs except for the smell I had my window open small tear in my screen dark curtains
    Well saw bout twenty five so I brushed them in a coffee container and fed them to my lizard went back in my room there were two on my bed so I fed them to my lizard
    Went to bed bout four am I rolled over felt a burning pain near top top of my penis and ripped the stink bug of me it stung me bad on the thin skin hurts bad. I don’t know if I should go to emergency embarrassing tried Benadryl
    Advil hydrocortisone and triple anti biotic maybe vodka next
    These things are nasty I’m sure they were a little thirsty being inside they have primitive heat sensors. And did you notice there aren’t anymore June bugs they are them all I heard they were introduced here for aphids then I heard they hitched hiked here somehow ouch

  30. I wa bitten by a stink bug while picking up a bottle that it was apparently on. I had intense pain in my middle finger and saw the bug on the table lying on its’ back. The only relief I had for 10 hours was to keep the finger iced. The next morning my middle finger was swollen and turned a dark blue, reddish color down one side of the finger and it became numb and I could not move it without intense pain. I went to my physician and he prescribed a steroid dose pak and an antibiotic, as red streaking was traveling down from the base of my finger. It is now day 4 since the bite and the dicoloration has remained but the swelling is resolving. These bugs are dangerous and people need to be made aware.

  31. Wow. I’m glad I read this. I have some of these in my RV and I actually think they are kind of cute. I usually just pick them up and toss them outside, but I will be much more careful after reading about the bites. It might sound crazy, but I think they are smart, as far as bugs go. Though I don’t know how one could measure the intelligence of a bug. It is a living being, so I’m not going to kill it unless it terrifies me or tastes good. This one does neither. It sounds like they are a nightmare for farmers, and I can see why. They are survivors. Its cold out now, no other insects anywhere. But these little guys still going strong. My guess is they will be on the planet long after we are gone. Perhaps they will even be reading this. Okay, I’m joking. Maybe that thing did bite me and the venom is going to my head.

  32. I have never seen any bugs with the exception of an occasional wall spider in my apartment, ever. The only bug I see regularly, and I DO see it regularly, is the stink bug.

    First, stink bugs DO either bite or do something that causes quarter-sized red lumps to appear and last for weeks. These are extremely itchy and usually in my experience eventually turn into bruises. They are unlike any other bite I have ever had from an insect.

    Second, stink bugs are stupid. Spiders will run away from you. Beetles will run away from you. Nothing else that doesn’t naturally want to bite you will actually INTENTIONALLY come into contact with you, but that is precisely what stink bugs do.

    They land on your head, or your back, or your neck. You might suddenly and out of nowhere notice one crawling on your leg. At night, they land on your face or your arms or other exposed areas. They apparently have no way to differentiate between human beings and inanimate objects, and so they land, fall and crawl on anything and everything.

    Problem is, they also react to human contact by either biting or spraying or doing SOMETHING that produces (at least in me) welts that are at least the size of a quarter, hot and itchy to the touch, and do not go away for several weeks. The bites almost always turn into bruises unless thoroughly and constantly cleaned with rubbing alcohol.

    Research on these insects is incredibly limited as far as I can tell, and I am tired of entomologists and pest control operators automatically responding “No” when people ask whether or not stink bugs can, do and will bite. THE ANSWER IS YES. Live with them in and/or around your home and you will know the answer to this question VERY quickly.

  33. I was in my van yesterday while my husband was in a store. My 8mo old needed his diaper changed so I put the changing pad on the floor of the van and lady him on it. I smelled the stink bug but couldn’t see it anywhere. Just then the baby started screaming and crying so I picked him up and held him for a second then laid him back down and right then a stink bug crawled across his chest so I flicked it away not thinking anything of it. That night we got the baby bathed and when I was getting his pj’s on I noticed a red spot under his chin about the size of a dime with a streak out to the side. I thought he had just gotten chapped but this morning when we got to church that spot had turned a yellowish gray (looked sort of bruised) and actually blistered around the edge. I had no idea what it was from but after reading all these comments I’m convinced he was bit by a stink bug!!

    Wish I knew how to add a picture to show what it looks like!

    This is just another reason I loath stink bugs!!

  34. I never even heard the idea of stink bugs biting before. I’ve had them heavily around my region for years, crushed them, picked them up, etc. But today i was at store and suddenly got strong sting sensation on top of foot followed by spreading burning ache across whole foot and even felt up calf. I assumed spider as my boots had been on porch and the ache through my foot had me almost nervously twitchy trying to shake off the sensation. Sure enough, when i got home, nothing in my boot except a crushed stink bug on that very spot with a few expanded holes in my sock where his head had been. Then under the sock, an iodine colored blotch that looks like an inset scab, an area of sunk, wrinkled skin rust in color and about the size of a shirt button haloed by yellow skin. It still throbs a couple hours later. I do have a pic, but don’t see where to post. Still barely can believe it!

  35. my little 8 lb. dog was sprayed in the eye by one…eye got ok after a couple hours.. ..however, she got very sick 3 weeks later and died after a few hours. The vet seemed to think she came in contact with something toxic. Could this have been from the eye spray or bite from the bug?

  36. My cat just got bit on the top of her head. The smell is atrocious and there is pea-size welt and she seems to have some swelling around her eyes. I cleaned it with an antiseptic wipe, then vinegar. Called the vet who said to watch for hives, more swelling, labored breathing etc. Took the bug away from my other cat and flushed it. Watching….

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