What are these and do I need to kill them?

ehsteveAugust 5, 2012

Found these critters on my pepper plants this morning:

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I saw some stink beetles on them a week or so ago - are these baby stink bugs?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Yes, indeed they are. They're youngsters. And they're the nasty kind of stink bugs -- brown marmorated stink bug, aka BMSB, Halyomorpha halys. Easily IDd because of the white bands on the antennae.

And yes, you need to kill them.

If you have any doubts, read this from Penn State

Here is a link that might be useful: brown-marmorated-stink-bug

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 1:05PM
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Careful when killing them. They are called Stink Bugs for a reason. These smell like rotting cilantro when squashed. I can't eat Mexican food after getting a whiff of these nasties! They've become a serious problem in the Mid-Atlantic states. They're everywhere. It gets so bad that some days I can't sit by the pool. Between the BMSB's and the Catalpa worms I'm about to give up going in my back yard!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 6:35AM
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So... looking through the pages here it sounds like the only reliable way to kill them is to physically squash them one at a time. Is that about right?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 12:13PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

These smell like rotting cilantro when squashed.

==>> how in the world can you delineate rotting cilantro .. lol ... that just cracked me up .. lol


    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 8:31AM
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I understood EXACTLY the smell when she said rotting cilantro. They do smell like cilantro....only in a putrid way. I love mexican food, but don't think cilantro smells all that good, even fresh. :-)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 8:59AM
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Despite news of less stink bugs this year, the populations of bmsb are exploding.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 4:01PM
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