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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Halyomorpha halys

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Halyomorpha halys
Elkhart, Indiana, USA
October 17, 2010
Size: 1/2 inch
I became the founder of the "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" for the State of Indiana, 10/21/ 2010

Moved from Frass.
This is from the first confirmed population of Halymorpha halys in Indiana. Read this press release

Moved from ID Request.

Halyomorpha halys

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
H. halys is an annoying import that loves to come into houses to hibernate this time of year. We've had them for about 4 years now here in NJ, but I hadn't heard about them in Indiana yet. You can try sealing all the cracks in your house to keep them out. But I opened the bathroom window the other day, and found two on the sill, and went to walk through the back door and three fell out from between the screen door and the main one.

Basically you just get used to them. One of my kids won't sleep in the same room with one, but they are slow and easy to catch. They don't bite. They do have an odor, especially if you squish them. They are fond of my computer monitor. We just stick them back outside, even though they might well not make it in the winter, but there are so many it seems ridiculous to try to save them. Come spring we need to vacuum them out of the attic by the windows. They're worse than the asian lady beetles here at this point, but equally harmless.

And all summer long I'd find yet another stink bug nymph only to find out, guess what, it's another BMSB.

First year of seeing them.
This is the first time Iv seen them. We lived in this house for 14 yrs now and I will find 5 on my screen door and I took my daughters AC out to clean it and found about 6 in it.Iv talked to others in the area and there finding them too.

expanding range
yes, they are expanding their range explosively (after being released in eastern PA a decade ago). Annoying little buggers.

I agree...
This is one bug I recommend dealing with! That's what our native predators are for. ^^

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