The brown marmorated stink bug (the species most commonly encountered indoors) is native to China, Taiwan, North & South Korea and Japan. However, some stink bug species are native to North America, including the brown stink bug (Euschistus servus).
Stink bugs are strong fliers and can fly to a new habitat - more than 1 mile 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 household pests, stink bugs are attracted to the warmth that can be found inside homes or businesses. Stink bugs are attracted to bright lights so it is advised to keep exterior lighting turned off and window blinds pulled down. Learn more about the best ways to get rid of stink bugs.