Stink bug infestations have become more common in South Jersey, Philadelphia and South Eastern Pennsylvania over the past decade. While stink bugs have been reported in 33 of the 50 states, the worst infestations have occured in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Stink bugs can be difficult to eliminate once they settle into a home’s insulation and walls, especially since they generally return to hibernate in the same location each fall as the weather begins to cool down. Come Spring, as temperatures rise, stink bugs will emerge from inside walls located on sunny sides of homes and enter adjacent living areas.
While stink bugs rarely bite humans, they are known for releasing a bad-smelling chemical spray when handled or disturbed. They are also known to cause significant damage to plants and crops – including grapes.