BRISTOL, Tenn. - It is a bug that uses its smell to keep other animals from eating it; but when it's inside of your house, the odor might not be welcoming for other guests.
"I don't really know how to describe what it smells like," said Angela Tate.
The stink bug has definitely earned its name. "They do stink if you bother them, and they also stink even worse if you smash them," said Nature Center Manager Jeremy Stout.
News 5 learned there are a few dozen species of the stink bug, but the one that you may see infesting your home isn't native to our area. "They hitched a ride here on some freight cargo as early as 1998 to 2001," said Stout.
They are called the Marmerald Brown stink bug, and there isn't much you can do to keep them away. "Probably you'll never get rid of them. But to kind of control them, spray the perimeter of the house," said customer service manager at Leo's Pest Control, Steve Skeens.
"Unlike other insects, this isn't one that's related to cleanliness of your home. You can clean the crumbs off of the counter all day and your stink bugs are still going to come in," said Stout.
We learned there is one way to get rid of them. "Grab them in toilet paper or paper towels and flush them," said Stout.
Regardless of how many you get rid of, they will keep coming back. We learned they only live for six to seven weeks and reproduce very quickly.
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