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Green Stinkbug (Chinavia hilare)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pentatomidae (pen-ta-TOM-id-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chinavia
Species: hilare


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Hagerstown, Maryland
Upton, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Annandale, New Jersey
Greensboro, North Carolina
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Baden, Pennsylvania
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
York, Pennsylvania
Spring, Texas
Goode, Virginia
Friendly, West Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2012, annsrose from Spring, TX wrote:

We have mainly the brown stinkbugs and a few green ones . Every year we seem to get more and more in our veggie garden . We can hardly get a good crop of tomatoes any more . The only way I find to kill them is to knock them off into soapy water but that is a never ending job . So I give up after a while. I sure wish there was a way to get rid of them without using insecticides. I will not use any insecticides once my veggies start producing . This yr they hit the cucumbers also . I live in spring , tx


On Sep 12, 2011, rob1976 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bad problem with the brown version one this sept. 2011 year. Totally wiped out my pumkins for October harvest. They suck the juices from the leaves or deposit their saliva which damages the leaves. Noticed eggs on top of pumpkin leaves late August. They are very small red looking dots or globes. Also they love warm areas especially the chimney. Every year when I go to clean the chimney they are everywhere. We bought the ortho plant and vegetable insect killer to hopefully have solution. Not sure if works just bought yesterday.


On Sep 5, 2011, sher_garden from Coraopolis, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

We had the green stinkbug early in the year, and now (sept 5,2011) the brown stinkbugs have become more prevalent. Both love green bean plants in our area.


On Aug 5, 2011, LysmachiaMoon from Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have 2 tips to help control stinkbugs. 1. Get a wet/dry vac and fill it partway with water. Add dishwashing liquid (just a little) or rubbing alcohol. Vacuum up bugs (they congregate on warm siding, garage doors, etc.). Let sit for a day to kill the bugs, then BURY them or bag them up for trash collect.
2. If you can, keep free range chickens. I have stinkbugs EVERYWHERE in the house and garden shed, but have yet to find one in the henhouse.


On May 31, 2010, jurost from York, PA wrote:

We, too, have the brown version of the stinkbug in the 17406
area, pretty heavily infested. Would really like to know a
prevention method for keeping them out of our houses.
Really don't see them outside around windows, or on plants,
etc. Spray doesn't seem to help much.


On Oct 19, 2009, walhall from Hagerstown, MD wrote:

Our area in Washington Country MD has been overwhelmed with not a green stinkbug but a brownish/grayish type which covers mostly whitish surfaces.
They are hard to kill and after their "season" in warm weather they penetrate cracks in the homes and become a nuisance inside. Ideal removal is done by touching them with duck tape.
They also hide inside equipment housings, such as carburators and render them inoperative. Apparently blocking the air intake, the equipment will not start properly until totally cleaned out.

Dieter H.B. Protsch
Hagerstown, MD


On Aug 23, 2006, shudhave from Upton, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This photo has been identified by Dave's Garden experts as a nymph.