brown marmorated stink bug

brown marmorated stink bug

5895  Thanks for helping identify this bug.  It was indoors, in the master bedroom (bed) at 2am.  Felt it crawling on my back.  It was a good size bug, able to cling to a q-tip, while I was trying to shake it off.  I just spoke with my wife, and she said her friend found a similar bug crawling on the cupboard.  That’s 2 in two days. Should we be concerned?  Don. Stoney Creek, ON

This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a serious pest in some areas of North America; they often invade buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See http://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.