Did You Know?
The brown marmorated stink bug (or Halyomorpha halys) was most likely brought to the United States sometime around 1998 probably from either China or Japan, where the bug has been a native nuisance for many years. As of Spring 2011, the bug has spread to 33 states, from the east coast all the way to California.
A stink bug's odor comes from two chemical compounds known as trans-2-octenal and trans-2-decenal, the latter being the compound that gives cilantro its distinctive aroma. The smell is typically bothersome, but not toxic, however some people have reported mild allergic reactions. In some cultures, the odor is appealing, and the insect is sought for consumption.