Stink bugs are a highly invasive species in Kansas City, known for their distinctive odor when smashed or disturbed. If you have issues with stink bugs every year in your home, it’s time to start taking proactive steps to stop future infestations from happening.
Although stink bugs are an agricultural pest, they often invade homes seeking shelter in the fall as cold winter weather approaches. Because of the cold winter weather we experience every year, your nice, cozy home could be a beacon for these pests. Adult stink bugs are triangle-shaped and measure 3/4 of an inch. They’re greyish brown and frequently gather at thresholds and near windows where sunlight reaches. Disturbing them can cause issues with odors, leaving many homeowners at a loss for how to get rid of them.
Stinkbugs were introduced from Asia and quickly became settled throughout the United States, causing havoc on farms and invading homes looking for shelter. They’re an unsettling sight crowding around your home’s windows and thresholds, and the odor can deter even the most complacent homeowner. Stink bugs also invade through fireplaces and other small openings around the exterior of your home.
Are stink bugs dangerous?
Luckily, stink bugs are not dangerous to humans, other than being a complete nuisance. They aren’t known to carry diseases and do not pose a bite risk to humans. However, having swarms of bugs in your home can be disconcerting even if they don’t pose an immediate risk. Once the problem begins, it can get out of control quickly. Stink bugs migrate into wall voids to rest during the winter, making it nearly impossible for complete removal once they are indoors. It’s essential to call an expert to help you manage the problem for full results and control. If you have swarms of stink bugs inside your house, allow the professionals at Schendel to build you a plan.
How can I prevent stink bugs from getting into my home?
Stinkbugs are attracted to the warmth of your house, so sealing up common entrance points can help prevent these pests from entering your home in the first place. Take the following proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of a stink bugs infestation in your home:
- Seal vents and ducts from HVAC units, exhaust fans, or other vent points.
- Trim back brush and trees.
- Examine the foundation surrounding the home and seal any cracks that appear.
- Caulk and seal around windows and doors and install sweeps on exterior doors.
- Install protectors in chimneys.
If you happen to find one or two bugs in your home, don’t swat or squash them. It’s best to use the vacuum to sweep them up and discard in the trash for disposal.
How can Schendel Pest Services prevent stink bugs from getting into my home?
Bugs can ruin your day, but professional service from the experts at Schendel Pest Services can help you take your Kansas City home back. We offer comprehensive pest control, handling a variety of common household pets, including stink bugs.
Call us today to find solutions to your stink bug problem and to build a long term prevention plan.