Stink bugs are also commonly referred to as shield bugs and chust bugs. Stink bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly. The stink bug is an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.
• The stink bug is native to China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan and was accidentally introduced to the United States.
• Adult stink bugs are about 2/3 in. long, with a brown, shield-shaped body.
• Stink bugs are more likely to invade homes in the fall, where they go into a state of hibernation.