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Stink bugs belong to the Pentatomidae family of insects and are also known as "stink bug" or "shield bugs" (because all adult stink bugs are shield-shaped). They derive their name from their tendency to eject an extremely foul and strong smelling fluid from their thorax when disturbed, handled, injured, squashed or threatened.
Even though they look menacing, stink bugs do not bite or sting people, and will not cause structural damage to properties.
Stink bugs are considered an agricultural pest to commercial farmers due to the huge losses they incur in the produce industry every year, especially growers of apples, peaches, and pears. When it comes to stink bugs control and prevention methods are needed to ensure they are removed from a property and kept away.
Call Rentokil Pest Control at 1300 306 148 or more information about stink bug control, or to schedule a FREE pest inspection online.
When the temperatures change in autumn, your business could become more vulnerable to a stink bug infestation.
Once brown marmorated stink bugs gain entrance into your business premises, via shipping containers and imported goods, a serious infestation can quickly spread throughout your property.
Getting professional treatment at the earliest sign of an infestation can greatly help to reduce the length of time needed to effectively control your problem.
Call Rentokil today at 1300 306 148 to learn how we can help you get rid of stink bugs with our fumigation service for your business.
You can actively look for typical signs of stink bugs at your business premises, such as their distinctive smell or the presence of live or dead bugs.
The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an invasive stink bug species that pose a high biosecurity risk in Australia’s agricultural industry.
Besides its pungent odor, the brown marmorated stink bug is most notorious for their high mobility, inclination to hitchhike, and the lack of effective control measure such as traps and lures. They are frequently found on cargo, shipping or air freight goods arriving in Australia between September and April, coinciding with the late autumn and winter in the northern hemisphere.
If you have discovered the brown marmorated stink bug on your premises, they must be reported immediately to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hotline 1800 798 636
When you’re dealing with an infestation or interested in preventative services, we can provide you with expert brown marmorated stink bug control advice and solutions. Rentokil Pest Control specialists are experts with treatments for the exotic (notifiable) Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in the commercial shipping industry.
While stink bug traps and other products are available for purchase, a professional container fumigation, or shipping fumigation service is the best method to both prevent and manage stink bug infestations. Our preventative solution creates a treatment zone around your business premises to keep stink bugs away.
The brown marmorated stink bug (the species most commonly encountered indoors) is native to East Asia - namely China, Taiwan, North & South Korea and Japan - and has been introduced to the United States and parts of Western Europe. The stink bugs are exotic pests to Australia, and have been suspected to have arrive as hitchhikers to Australia on cargo/shipping goods, vessels or personal effects, and may be more common during certain times of the year. Stink bugs pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia's agricultural industry.
Stink bugs are strong fliers and can fly to a new habitat - up to 2km a day - or may even hitch a ride in shipping containers or on cars.
The brown marmorated stink bug is not capable of biting or stinging humans.
Stink bugs rely on their foul smell for protection against predators such as birds, lizards, and mice or any other animals that prey on them. The noxious chemical flows from the two glands on the stink bug’s thorax.
Like many other exotic pests to Australia, stink bugs are attracted to the warmth that can be found inside businesses. Stink bugs are attracted to bright lights so it is advised to keep exterior lighting turned off and window blinds pulled down.
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