Stink Bugs and Pets (Cats & Dogs)

In the past several years, homeowners have been impacted by an invasive insect species known as the brown marmorated stink bug. While this insect has become a major nuisance in the spring and fall, their presence also effects dogs and cats that are very likely to bite and swallow stink bugs that they see flying or crawling around the exterior or interior of a home.

However, there does not seem to be serious, long-term health effects from a pet eating or chewing on a stink bug. According to Dr. Franklin, a veterinarian at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital, stink bugs aren’t poisonous, but the smelly secretions from stink bugs will irritate the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and cats. This irritation may produce symptoms of vomiting and/or excessive drooling by dogs and cats. Other reported irritation from stink bug secretions is irritation of the tongue, gums, lips and inside of a pet’s cheek.

Resources

Stink Bugs Home Protection

Where Do Stink Bugs Come From?

What Eats Stink Bugs?

What Does a Stink Bug Look Like?

Stink Bug Eating Habits

What Attracts Stink Bugs to Your Home?

What are Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs?

How To Tell Stink Bugs & Kissing Bugs Apart

Stink Bugs in Winter

Stink Bugs and Pets (Cats & Dogs)

Stink Bugs in the Garden

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