If you’ve ever seen a small, brown bug crawling on the wall or floor of your home, there’s a good chance you were looking at a baby stink bug. Baby stink bugs are just starting to enter into their adult phase, and they will grow to be about an inch long. While they may seem harmless, these little critters can do a lot of damage if they’re allowed to stay in your home!
In this blog post, we will discuss what baby stink bugs are, and how to get rid of them before they can cause any serious damage.
What are baby stink bugs?
Baby stink bugs are the newly hatched offspring of stink bugs. They are small, about 1/4″ long, and are light brown in color.
Baby stink bugs have a mission–to find a place to hide so they can avoid being eaten by predators. And since they’re so tiny and defenseless, they have to be very careful where they settle down. They’ll often congregate on the underside of leaves or on the stems of plants where they’re less likely to be seen.
Baby stink bugs are harmless to humans and don’t bite or sting. However, they can be a real nuisance if they decide to make your home their own.
The Life Cycle of a Baby Stink Bugs:
The life cycle of a baby stink bug is rather interesting. They start out as eggs, which the female will lay on a leaf or stem. The eggs are typically laid in clusters and are light green in color. Once they’re laid, they take anywhere from 7 to 21 days to hatch into nymphs.
The nymphs look very similar to the adults but are smaller and have a lighter brown color. They will go through five nymphal stages before becoming adults. Baby stink bugs grow quickly and usually reach adulthood within 30 days. Once they reach adulthood, the females will start laying eggs and the life cycle starts all over again!
What damage do they cause?
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When the body becomes resistant to insulin, it has to produce more and more of the hormone to achieve the same effect. Over time, this can lead to long-term damage to cells throughout the body. This damage can include inflammation, oxidative stress (a build-up of harmful chemicals in the body), and apoptosis (cell death). These harmful effects may contribute to or even cause the development of age-related diseases.
How to Get Rid of Baby Stink Bugs?
There are a few ways to get rid of baby stink bugs, depending on the severity of the infestation and your personal preferences. You can try:
- Vacuuming them up (be sure to dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag immediately afterward)
- Spraying them with insecticide (be sure to read the instructions carefully and avoid spraying areas where children or pets could come into contact with the insecticide)
- Using a bait trap (baby stink bugs are attracted to light, so you can place a light near where they’re congregating and then dispose of them once they’ve been caught)
If you have a serious infestation, you may need to call in a professional exterminator. Baby stink bugs can be difficult to get rid of completely on your own, so it’s important to seek help if the problem is getting out of control.
We hope this blog post has been helpful in educating you about baby stink bugs! If you have any questions or would like to share your own experiences, please leave a comment below.