Stink bugs are a quite common bug that many people have a lot try to get rid of and have questions about. So today we decided to write a bit about these unique bugs, and answer a few questions on them.
Starting off with whether these bugs can swim or not?
No, Stink bugs do not posses the ability to swim. In fact they would quite easily die in a matter of seconds inside (They would usually drown in under a minute) if they get dumped into a puddle of water that’s over their size.
But another important thing to note is that the above mentioned lifespan of stink bugs in water advocates their survival time within water not on top of it as their are some species of stink bugs that can walk on top of water, and this can lead to them taking more time to die in water.
Moreover, this is also something that is often used to get rid of stink bugs from houses. And there are also many Stink bugs local traps that use water to get rid of these bugs that can end up being quite irritating at times.
Due to their incapability to swim, one of the best ways to dispose of them when found in your home is by flushing them down the drain. This can be super convenient and affective when it comes to getting rid of stink bugs from your house.
Can You Flush Stink Bugs?
Yes, most definitely, in fact this is considered one of the best and affective ways of getting rid of stink bugs without a doubt
How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs?
There are quite a few different ways that can help you get rid of stink bugs: Some of the effective ones go as follows
- Spraying Only Vinegar on the stink bugs.
- Spraying a combination of soap, hot water, and vinegar on stink bugs
- Normal bug sprays also work reasonably well against Stink bugs
- Pick them up using a paper, and flushing them down. But be aware, there is a probability that whilst you are trying to pick the stink bug up, it would probably secrete the smell it is so famous for!
A Bit More About Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are considered an invading, species that often ends up causing quite some inconveniences in the normal households. This bug has been found in the United States since 1996 but wasn’t given its official name until 2001.
But this doesn’t mean that this bug is only a problem for the US, as it’s spread its wings in all directsions and can be foudn iin China, Taiwan, and even Korea.
Why is it called a stink bug you ask? Well, the answer to this is quite simple, it is called a stink bug because it releases an unpleasent smell when it is rushed (disturbed), or killed. and hence the name came into play.
Some Interesting Facts About Stink Bugs!
Stink bugs don’t actually have a mouth: they just have small piercing like small mouthparts that are used to get juicy plant juice (this is what their usual diet is).
Not having a mouth at all means that they do not have the ability to chew or eat like many other insects. These mouths are also the reason that stink bugs aren’t able to harm people in any way, as there is nothing harmful that they can do with their mouths.
Stink bugs communicate amongst themselves using vibrations: Stink bugs move their abdomen in a specific way so as to make the plant beneath them move, and then these vibrations then go on to communicate whatever it is they want to communicate to their fellows.
Another fun thing to note at this point is that Stink bugs also can identify which plant would be able to relay their specific vibrations in a specific way and this helps them amplify their vibrations more effectively.
The smell of stink bugs can best be described as the smell of rotten vegies. For those of you who don’t know, stink bugs stinking is basically an evolutionary defense mechanism. This means that a stink bug smells whenever it feels threatened to repel any potential predator that might be eye-ing it. Furthermore, there are also some spefic species of stink bugs that have the ability to not only smell bad, but also spray the chemical a few inches away as they deem fit. This smell is produced through a gland in their abdomen
Stink Bugs can lay upto over 400 eggs (This can also vary depending on the species of the stink bug), and these eggs come in sack like sctructures that contain 20 to 30 eggs each. Moreover, these baby stink bugs grow quite quickly and will become full complete adults in around 50 days (But this can vary depending on the species of the Stink bug)
That’s about it for this blog,
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