BedbugEver wonder where the name “stink bug” comes from?  The Stink Bug has a scent gland that is on the top of its abdomen. They are most known for the foul smell that they produce.  Stink Bugs will feed on the sap that is produced from both ornamental plants and agricultural crops. 

Stink Bug Description

Adult Stink Bugs are roughly a little smaller than 1” in length.  They have varying colors of brown on both the top and bottom surfaces. Stink Bugs body shape has a unique “shield” body shape. The Stink Bug eggs have a barrel type shape that is a yellow-red coloring.  The female will deposit, typically starting in June through September,  these eggs on the undersides of leaves in clusters of 25 eggs.  There are 5 immature stages that Stink Bugs go through before they reach adulthood.  The eggs will typically hatch in about 5 days of being deposited.  About 400+ eggs can be produced in a females’ lifetime.    

Life Cycle

In New Jersey, the Stink Bug typically has a one generation a year depending upon the environmental conditions such as temperatures. It is not uncommon with warmers months that Stink Bugs can produce 2 or 3 generations a year.  All depends upon how warm and for how long the warmth lasts.  During late April to mid-May, adults will start to emerge.  Mating will begin and the females will start depositing her eggs on the leaves from May through August.  Adult Stink Bugs will start the process of finding sites to overwinter when temperatures are around 77 degrees, which usually starts in September and a few weeks of October.