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You may be enjoying the clement weather of a balmy summer evening, listening to the soothing sound of crickets in the background.  What you are hearing, however, may not actually be crickets but the mating call of stink bugs. Some stink bugs call out to potential mates by rubbing their legs or wings against their bodies, reproducing mate-attracting sounds in the process. Not all of them call out to mates in an auditory manner though; some prefer to take the olfactory route, releasing a special odour to attract mates.

After mating, the female stinkbug lays eggs. Batches of them. She’s very neat about the whole business. She lays them in orderly rows of 12 to 14 eggs each, laying from 30 to 100 eggs at a time. The eggs look like little barrels, and they come in different colours, depending on the type of stink bug.

Stink bugs commonly lay their eggs on the underside of plant leaves. Since stink bugs feed on low-growing food crops (or, less typically, on other bugs that feed on these types of vegetation), the areas where you’ll naturally find their eggs are the plants that they like to feed on. They especially like fruit like apples, oranges, and cherries, but vegetables – e.g. tomatoes, squash, turnips, beans, corn, cabbage, cauliflower  – will do just as well for them if there is no fruit around. Even the leaves of cotton plants have been known to be egg laying areas of stink bugs. So gardens, orchards, and farms are the areas where you normally find stink bugs laying their eggs.

The females generally get active when temperatures reach the 70s. Warmer climates bring the possibility of more stink bug egg deposits. Depending on where you live, stink bugs can make from one to four egg deposits within a season. In parts of sub-tropical China, an area indigenous to them, stink bugs have been known to lay eggs from four to six times within one year.

The eggs hatch to reveal young wingless nymphs. The nymphs moult through five different stages before becoming winged and full-sized adults. Typically, this process is completed in about a month.

Contrary to what many people fear, stink bugs do not lay eggs in people’s houses. The reason this is so is that the bugs go to houses to overwinter or hibernate. They go indoors to sleep off the cold and take it easy. It’s not the right time to reproduce as cold weather is not conducive to the full development of eggs and nymphs. If you find stink bug eggs in your house, they probably came in with the exotic plants you brought in from the grocery or plant store nearby.

A good way for checking if there are stink bug egg clusters in your vicinity is to attach a small mirror on a long stick and check the undersides of plant leaves. Many homeowners choose to check for eggs and eliminate them as they discover them in order to prevent an infestation of the bugs come cold weather.

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