Stink Bug Treatment

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) on white background

For most, the color season brings with it the smell of freshness and rebirth, but for some, it signals the period when stink bugs make their odoriferous appearance. These bugs are mostly harmless and do not pose a health risk to humans, but the smell they produce should be classified as one. 

HOW TO IDENTIFY A STINK BUG INFESTATION 

Appearance- It is easy to identify stink bugs by their large, shield-shaped bodies. Some of them will grow up to 2 cm long. Adult stink bugs are almost always brown or green. The adults have legs that can extend to the sides which make them look even bigger. They are great flyers but will keep their wings folded up against their bodies when not in flight.  

Behavior – Stink bugs usually live outdoors, majority of the indoor stink bug infestations happen in large masses in the fall, they begin to make their way indoors just before the weather turns colder. Once indoors, and settled in, they start to reproduce. They’ll hideout in crawl spaces and other secluded areas and start emerging in the spring to begin making their way back outside en mass. 

The more stink bugs you spy flying willy-nilly inside your home or hanging on the walls of your residence outside, the more likely you have a stink bug infestation on your hands and will need to call for stink bug control. 

Crop damage- Growers can notice specific damages on plants that could be a pointer to stink bug infestation.  

WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE STINK BUGS 

If you are wondering how exactly stinkbugs found a way into or around your house, below are some reasons: 

       If you are growing a garden around your home, you are more likely to have a stink bug issue once they make their way into your home from your garden. 

        If you have a lot of trees and bushes on your property, they can entice stink bugs to take up residence outside before moving inside once the weather becomes cooler.  

REASONS TO TREAT YOUR STINK BUG PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY 

       After getting a good whiff of the smell of a stink bug, that is, sometimes, the only reason you will need to get rid of them as soon as you can. Outdoors, stink bugs release this noxious smell to keep predators away, you can understand exactly why they have no natural predators, making there to be a surplus population of stink bugs. 

       Stink bugs can do ruinous damage to your garden and crops, and their presence inside your home is extremely unpleasant to see and smell. They will incessantly fly around your head both outside and inside your home, and while this poses no physical threat, it can be annoying. And if you ever disturb them and they release their stinky odor, it clings to everything, even long after they’ve gone. 

       They specifically attack fruit crops that render them unfit for human consumption. Fruits like these are sent for processing instead. This usually costs farmers millions of dollars every year in the United States. 

HOW TO HANDLE STINK BUG INFESTATION 

At the first sign of a stink bug anywhere near or in your house, you want to put a call to a local stink bug control expert at once. They will be able to treat your current stink bug issues and prevent further infestations. You will find the right pest control service with the right equipment and experience to handle a stink bug emergency for you on this platform.  

You are guaranteed the best and safest service, reach out today to speak to one of our professionals. 

TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER STINK BUG INFESTATION 

After resolving your stink bug issues, those odorous critters are not the kind of guests you invite around a second time. Here are a few things you can do to prevent a second wave: 

       Before you begin treatment for stink bugs, make sure all possible entry points are well sealed. Stink bugs most commonly use cracks under doors and windows as entry points. You can make use of caulk to plug the openings. 

       You can make use of some oils for a double-edged strategy; the oils will repel the sting bugs and will also make your house smell good. You can make use of essential oil or Neem oil. 

       Remember not to touch stink bugs directly or squish them, except if you don’t mind a face full of nasty bug spray. They move slowly enough so that you can use a plastic bag to pick them up or even try using an empty plastic bottle, and then use the lid to try and flick the bug inside, then close up the bottle tightly to contain the stink. 

       If you are using a vacuum to suck them up, be sure to empty the back afterward. Try not to use a bagless vacuum for this because they will stink up your vacuum after. 

       Another easy way of getting these critters to stay out of your house is to use dryer sheets. The odor of the sheets offend stink bugs, so try to rub the sheets on your windows screens and at all other potential bug entry points in your house. 

       If you do not have dryer sheets, you can just place a damp towel over a lawn chair and leave overnight. Stink bugs will be attracted to it, and the next day, wash the bugs away in soapy water and do it again until there isn’t any left.