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With less than a pleasant smell and the mentality to snack on fruits and vegetables, the stink bug can be a problematic pest. Although they don’t pose any physical threat, they sure can be annoying. Sitting here and reading facts about these bugs is probably the last thing you want to do, especially if they’ve already taken up residence in your home. This being said, you’ll usually only have to worry about these pests getting into the property when the weather turns cooler. This is because they are considered what is known as overwintering insects. This means that semi-hibernate. They’ll venture to the nearest structure and take up residence inside the walls to avoid the colder, approaching weather.
When the weather starts to turn warmer, these bugs will emerge. This is usually when most homeowners spot them.
What Is The Stink Bug?
Even the name sounds unappealing. With the ability to emit a foul-smelling odor from their glands, these pests can become a major threat in the home. They are also commonly known as the kudzu bug and get their name from the nauseating smell they emit when crushed or scared. They are triangular and only about six millimeters in length, but do not let that fool you. They don’t pose much of a physical threat without the ability to transmit diseases, but their smell alone is enough of a reason to not want these pests on the property. Simply put, you don’t want these guys running around the property, and we are here to help with that. Here are some pro tips for keeping these unwanted invaders out of the home.
Turning To The Pros
When it comes to stink bugs in your area there is no better defense than our pest management services. We’ll not only help you remove your current problem, but we’ll provide you with the tips and knowledge you need to keep these creepy crawlers from returning. A good prevention plan is key to pest management. And this is something that will require cooperation from both sides. We can spray a protective pesticides barrier around the property to ward off the bugs along with other unwanted pests, but this isn’t going to be much help if you don’t do anything about the ones already in the home.
While these critters don’t invade the home to reproduce or feed, you still can’t give them an inch.
Sealing Entry Points
Stink bugs don’t normally enter the home by walking in the door. This is not to say they wouldn’t but it’s not usually their preferred method of travel. They usually get into the home via cracks and crevices in the foundation or exterior walls. Windows screens, utility openings, loose mortar, and torn weatherstripping will all need to be repaired as well, as these are potential entry points for the creepy crawlers.
Like a lot of insects, the stink bug is attracted to lighting. We also recommend keeping your outside lighting to a minimum. A flood or motion-activated light with a higher sensitivity might be your best option if you do need lighting outside. You don’t want a fully powered porch light running all hours of the night. It’s also a good idea to draw the shade to help kill the lighting from the home. This might sound a bit drastic, but it is just one of the many necessities to preventing and eliminating stink bugs.
There are tons of other ways to tackle these bugs, but a protective pesticides barrier with the avoid-mentioned methods should be sufficient for a typical stink bug infestation. Give our local pest management office a ring and we’ll dispatch someone out to the property within the next 24 to 48 hours.
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