Do Stink Bugs Bite? Stink Bugs Facts You Need to Know

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Do Stink Bugs Bite? There is a lot of discussion about Baby Stink Bugs. So, I have decided to participate in this discussion. For this purpose, I started research on this topic a month ago. Do you know? I have found interesting facts about them.

If you are looking for other topics related to pets and insects, visit other articles I have discussed for informative purposes.

In my research, I noticed the questions in the minds of people. What are Baby Stink Bugs? Do Stink Bugs Bite? Are Stink Bugs poisonous? How to get rid of Baby Stink Bugs? What is the treatment? What do they eat? If you have one of these questions in your mind, stay with me!

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Baby Stink Bugs

These look like adult bugs but smaller in size as compared to adult bugs. There is no specific color or size for these bugs, but they come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Where they live?

You can find Baby Stink Bugs in every side of the United States. Usually, they eat agricultural foods so; they wish to live in fields. Some of these are beneficial for us they love to eat other insects.

In the warm weather, the female Stink Bugs lay eggs. You can find these eggs in the roots of plants. Baby Stink Bugs emerges from the eggs, and some people know them with the name of Baby Stink Bugs larvae by mistake. They are not larvae, but they are same as the adult bugs. The difference between baby bugs and adult bugs is size.

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How Do They Grow?

The developing process of these babies known as incomplete metamorphosis. Do you understand? There are multiple stages in their life cycle. These three stages are:

  • Egg
  • Nymph
  • Adult

As I told, the female insects lay eggs in the warmer weather. With time, the larva emerges from the eggs. The Nymph (Baby Stink Bugs) starts to molt over time. This young bug molts 5 times before becoming an adult. In the last molt, they try to develop their wings to fly.

The smell from their bodies is always annoying. So, don’t try to touch or smell them. I will guide you to get rid of them. Keep my words!

What Do They Look Like?

As I mentioned, there is no specific type of color and size for Baby Stink Bugs. The look of them depends on the stage of their life.

There are three stages in their life. So, size and color are different in every phase. Basically, the nymph molts their skins. The process of molting changes the color and size of their bodies. They molt 5 times in their life cycle. Each time, the size of their bodies increases.

The average size of their bodies can reach 2 cm, but they remain similar in the aspect of width. They have big legs and try to spread their legs to show a bigger vision of legs.

The color of Stink Bugs

There are different types of these bugs, and you can identify the nature of these bugs by their color. There are two types:

Green Stink Bugs

The color of these type of bugs is green, and they are 12-13 long in length, but the width is the same for all kinds of insects. In the start of their life, they are black in color but become green after the process of molting again and again.

Marmorated Stink Bugs

The color of these bugs is brown. Do you know? The adults also have a brown color. At the start of their life, they can be yellow or red. They grow and adapt to the brown color after the process of molting.

What Do They Eat?

It is necessary to know that what they eat to understand the destruction they can cause in your home, fields or other places.

To find and get rid of them, you have to know their food because they love to live near their food like farms.

They love plants. There is a list of some plants they like to eat. These plants are:

  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Green beans
  • Soybeans
  • Apples
  • Raspberries

During the process of eating, they stuck with plants, leave and fruits. You don’t need to worry too much because they cannot destroy the complete plant, but they can damage it. If multiple bugs are feeding on the plant at a time, you should be careful.

What do Stink Bugs Smell Like?

You can identify them by their smell. Stink Bugs have a very annoying smell, so you don’t need to go near them. But if you are trying to spray, you should wear the mask on your nose.

In my opinion, they have smelled like the chemicals of different foods and medicines. But you cannot link the specific type of scent with them because different species have different scents.

Another fact about the smell of these insects is the lifetime of the smell. Really, it can last for hours. Sometimes, you cannot be able to get rid of this smell after taking a shower. So, it is better to stay away from Stink Bugs.

Where Do Stink Bugs Live?

They love warm weather, plants, and open areas. So, if you are living in an area where the weather is warm, then you should know that Stink Bugs can be your neighbors.

In the cold weather, they don’t come out from their nests, but they wait for the warm weather. But after the first year of their life, they can survive in the winter also.

Do Stink Bugs Bite?

Many people want to know the answer to this question. Stay with me!


Do Stink Bugs Bite?

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Usually, they don’t bite humans and animals. You should know they are vegetarian and want to eat fruits and vegetables. They don’t have any wish to suck the blood of a human or animal.

But you should know that they can bite humans and animals also not for eating purposes but for the sake of self-defense. If they feel danger due to your existence near them, they will bite you without any delays.

A Stink Bug bites your skin. You will feel a sharp on the spot. Don’t worry! It is not so dangerous for your health. Try to use the first aid box instantly to get rid of sharp pain. After some moments, you will forget the sting as well as the bite.

Are Stink Bugs Poisonous?

As you know, they can bite you in self-defense, but you have to know about the danger for your body and skin.

Are Stink Bugs Poisonous?

No, they are not poisonous. But Stink Bugs can leave the red circle or rashes on your skin after the bite. Do you know? Some people say that they are toxic due to their smells like the poison, but these people are wrong. After research, I can say that they are not poisonous.

I have found an interesting fact in my research that people of Africa love to eat these bugs. I don’t know why they like to eat, but they say that it is their culture. So, if these bugs are poisonous for human, how African can eat? Obviously, these bugs are not deadly.

What Attracts Stink Bugs?

There are two significant things that attract them. These two things are:

  • Food
  • Environment


They love vegetables, fruits, and plants. They love to suck plants of different fruits and vegetables like citrus, tomato, sunflower, and apple.


They love to live in a warm climate. If you want to get them, you need to visit warm weather areas. The adults more than one-year-old can survive in the winter weather also.

Do Stink Bugs Fly?

Yes! They have wings and do fly. During the early stage of their lives known as a nymph, they cannot fly, but in the last stage of molting, they open their wings to fly. You should know that they don’t operate in the winter season, but they try to live in their nests all the time.

I can say that they need heat to fly. Basically, temperature supports its wings to work correctly for their flight. However, there are some species of Stink Bugs that can also fly appropriately in the winter season.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs?

There are different methods you can apply to get rid of them. First of all, you need to know the ways they enter your home. The cracks and holes in the walls can allow them to come to your home. First of all, you have to close all these ways.

Now, you can use sprays and chemicals also to get rid of them. Do you know? There are different types of sprays and chemicals available in the markets to kill them. Go to the market, buy these products and apply with gloves and masks.

The last way you can use is the use of their foods. You can attract them to one place with the use of their meals. When they start to gather in one place, you can kill them by using multiple ways.


There is no specific color and size for these Stink Bugs. You can identify them by their legs and smell. They are no so dangerous for your health, but they can damage your plants as well as fruits and vegetables. You can use different methods to get rid of them.


There is no medical advice in this article. I wrote this article for informative purposes to inform you about different facts of Stink Bugs. If you need any type of medical advice, you contact your local doctor.

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