The mouthparts of sucking insects, including stink bugs, are developed for piercing and sucking. Piercing/sucking pests damage plants by inserting their mouthparts into plant tissue and removing juices. Heavily infested plants become yellow, wilted, deformed or stunted, and may eventually die. Stink bugs feed on the fruit of a wide range of plants including beets, beans, pears, squash, tomatoes and corn, causing the fruit to become shriveled and deformed. The most common species attacking home gardens are the green stink bug and the brown stink bug. Hand-picking may lower number sufficiently for damage control.
Additional Information (including management recommendations):
- Sucking Insects That Affect Vegetable Plants
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys (Stal) (Northeastern IPM Center) || Videos on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug