Toilet bug from Germany
Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 4:58 AM
I’ve got a problem with my bathroom and the area around it. For a few weeks now these kind of flying bugs are hanging around here all the time. I keep throwing them out of my house but they must nest somewhere in the house.
They are winged and they can fly, but only for a short period. They get exhausted quite fast. Once you annoy them, like with throwing them out, they spit at you in a last attempt of telling me to back off. And since I don’t want to end up in the unneccessary carnage section, I ask you to tell me what kind of bug that is and what I should do, to get rid of it.
It is with great amusement that we post your letter with an image of a Stink Bug that is fond of the toilet. While we are not prepared to comment on why the toilet is the area of the home where you are most frequently finding the intruders, we can tell you that Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae, and other True Bugs often enter homes when cold weather sets in so they can escape the winter cold. The Stink Bugs are not breeding in your home and they will not do any damage. They are merely waiting out the winter so they can return to the great outdoors in the spring.
Update: January 26, 2016
A new comment brought this old posting to our attention. Because of the banded antennae, this appears to be a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a species native to East Asia including China that according to BugGuide was “First collected in 1998 in Allentown, PA, but probably arrived several years earlier.” It has now spread coast to coast.
Correction: February 25, 2017
This appears to be a Mottled Shield Bug, Rhaphigaster nebulosa.