Stink bugs and other species are invasive. why you should kill them

Warmer weather contains the promise of backyard games, a dip in the lake, and insects that may make their way into your home. Some of those invaders present a risk for the environment.

Invasive insects can and should be killed, said Megan Abraham, Indiana Department of Natural Resources entomology division director and state entomologist.

“They’re not native to our environment, so you should not feel too bad about killing them,” Abraham said. “They don’t have any natural enemies.”

Among the insects the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is keeping a close eye on are the spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer or Asian longhorned beetle. Any sightings should be reported by calling 866-663-9684 or emailing Pictures are appreciated.

Read on to learn more about invasive insects that may be in your yard:

Brown marmorated stink bugs are invasive

First found in Indiana in 2010, this now-commonly seen pest is known for its persistent occurrences in homes and distinctive cilantro smell.

There are a lot of these bugs so they do not need to be reported.

The DNR recommends killing stink bugs by drowning. One method is to vacuum the bugs and empty them into a bucket of soapy water. Another way is to place a bowl of soapy water underneath a desk lamp. The stink bug will be attracted to the light and eventually fall into the water.

While this bug doesn’t bite, it feeds on and damages fruits and vegetables, making them unsellable. The insect creates an issue for orchards and farms since it pierces fruits and feeds on soybeans and corn. The DNR said the stink bug has shown signs of resistance to chemical control.

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