What Do Stink Bugs Eat? Stink Bugs Eating Habits Revealed
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Stink bugs are becoming increasingly abundant in North America, since they were first found in the early 90’s. Originated from Asia, the stink bugs have few predators and plenty of food to thrive on in their new environment and are considered a real threat to home gardens and crops.
Have you ever stopped to wonder what Stink Bugs eat? Knowing what Stink Bugs eat and what attracts them may be a key element in controlling stink bug infestation.
What do Stink Bugs eat?
Most Stink Bugs eat primarily plants, as they suck the sap of plants and crops. The outcome of it may be a superficial damage to the fruit and crops that is sometimes described as “cat facing”. The damage doesn’t affect the fruits productivity but does prevent products distribution and sells due to its look thus posing a threat on farmers and gardeners income.
Other predatory species may also feed on caterpillars, insect larvae and even other stinky bug eggs or larvae and are considered by scientist as natural pests control agents.
Many people have reported a nasty physical reaction when touched by stink bugs. Learn more about Stink Bugs Bites.
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What plants do Stink Bugs eat in your garden?
As mentioned earlier, herbivore Stink Bugs eat a vast variety of farm plants. Stink bugs eat more than 300 different plants, yet they seem to favor vegetables and fruits.
Here’s a short list of what may attract stink bugs to your home and garden:
Apples, Berries, Cabbage, Corn, Cherries, Leafy crops, Mustard, Peaches, Peppers, Soybeans, Sunflowers, Tomatoes
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What do Stink Bugs eat at your home?
Through early autumn stink bugs begin searching for worm shelter for the long winter nights. What better place they can find than the nearby human house? The bugs, attracted by the bright light and warm temperature fly into the houses searching for a dark warm place to hide and reproduce.
Sting bugs eat anything they can find in your house, such as garbage, vegetables and fruits you leave unprotected.
How do Stink Bugs eat?
Stink bugs have a long needle like proboscis which they use to puncture leaves, fruits and other insects and drain their fluid content. The plant-eating stink bugs have a narrower proboscis than the carnivorous ones. Stink bugs do not pose any threat to humans but can bite for defense which can leave a small harmless mark.
What happens to plants that Stink Bugs eat?
When sting bugs eat they normally leave an unmistakable yellow patch trademark on the plant or vegetable skins. There is no significant damage to the fruit but selling it would be impossible, leaving farmers and gardeners with significant loses.
On the other hand, some sting bugs species are considered natural pest controllers as they feed on other pests, leading scientist to search for a way to control the reproduction and distribution of the herbivore species while keeping and nurturing the predatory ones.
Stink Bugs Control
There’s no question in my mind that stink bugs are posing a serious threat on our crops, plants, and our economy. We should therefore do whatever it takes to control their distribution and prevent them from spreading further into new territories.
Protect your plants and crops for stink bugs, learn more about what you can do to get rid of stink bugs.