Does a stink bug stink when you kill it?

Ask QuestionsCategory: BugsDoes a stink bug stink when you kill it?
AvatarArchie Khan asked 3 years ago
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AvatarLiza Smith Staff answered 2 years ago

Yes, it does. Stink bugs use their smell to signal their fellow bugs, they need smell to avoid predators and attract other stink bugs. If you kill a stink bug, you act like a predator to them — it will smell and signal other bugs to go away. Squashing bugs can be a method of getting rid of them for good. It’s quite an effective way if you kill a couple of bugs in your yard to keep others from coming to the house, but it’s not a proper way if you have bugs inside your house — the smell will cause more damage to your home  than any alive stink bug.
Don’t forget that stink bugs don’t have to die to send attractive smells to their comrades. If they like your house, they can recommend it to others by an intense smell. It’s very unattractive for people, so try not to make your home likable to these pests.
You can learn more about stink bugs and methods of their killing in our article “How to get rid of brown marmorated stink bug”.