How Do Spiders Kill Stink Bugs?
The brown marmorated stink bug, also known as the BMSB, is an invasive species from Asia that has spread across the US, causing millions of dollars in damage to crops. It is considered to be a pest in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Stink bugs are shield-shaped insects with a proboscis (needle) to pierce the skin of plants, fruits and other bugs. They have a foul smell and can be very annoying.
Brown marmorated stink bugs feed on a variety of plant and vegetable species. Their aggregation pheromone attracts males.
Stink bugs lay their eggs in clusters of about twenty to thirty. These eggs are light green and measure 1.6 x 1.3 mm.
Stink bugs have a foul odor and are a nuisance in the home. They are attracted to light and warmth. If you want to control them, you can remove any potential entry points and seal any cracks in your home.
There are many different predators that eat these bugs. Some include ground beetles, carabid beetles and jumping spiders.
A number of species are able to eat the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug. One species, the red-backed stink bug, feeds on the juices of shrubs and trees.
When the cold weather sets in, stink bugs enter diapause. They do not feed until spring arrives.
One of the best ways to get rid of stink bugs is to vacuum. Use a bag-type vacuum with a nozzle that does not allow you to touch the bugs.