Stinkbugs are insects that will bite humans. However, their favorite thing to bite is fruit and vegetables. For this reason, stinkbugs are considered big-time pests to farmers. Stinkbugs get their name from the powerful odor they emit, which comes from small glands located in their thorax. Stinkbugs emit this bad-smelling odor as a defense mechanism. Humans, unfortunately, have no defense mechanism against stinkbug bites. Folks who have been bitten by a stinkbug liken it to being stung by a wasp. Luckily, there are methods to treat a stinkbug bite.
Things You'll Need
Use one of the many home remedies for insect bites. The People’s Pharmacy, a leading advocate for finding everyday cures to common maladies such as insect bites, suggests the following:
a. Run the affected area under hot water, as hot as you can stand, for a minute or two [of course, never do this to children].
b. Swab apple cider vinegar on bites.
c. Dab Milk of Magnesia brand laxative or white toothpaste on bites.
d. Put rubbing alcohol on the bites.
Visit the Boy Scouts of America store at scoutstuff.org and purchase their anti-itch product “AfterBite.” Use this tube of over-the-counter medicine to help alleviate the pain and itch that come from insect bites.
Apply hydrocortisone cream (0.5 percent or 1 percent), calamine lotion or a baking soda paste (with a ratio of 3 tsp. baking soda to 1 tsp. water) to the bites several times a day until symptoms cease.
Take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Tylenol Severe Allergy) or chlorpheniramine maleate (Chlor-Trimeton, Actifed) to combat itching or other side effects from a stinkbug bite.
References and ResourcesGet rid of stink bugs now: Do stink bugs bite?
The People's Pharmacy: Hot water for itchy bug bites
Mayo Clinic: Insect bites and stings