Why Are There So Many Stink Bugs In My Home

11/17/2017


stink bug up close

We are seeing so many stink bugs lately inside homes in Kansas. They are also known as “shield bugs” due to their triangular shaped plates on their backs. Come to think of it, we see them throughout September and October and don’t really think much about them. They seem harmless enough outdoors, but when they start showing up inside your home by the dozens you may think again. Stink bugs are definitely creepy looking, and can often invade in high enough numbers to cause real anxiety. They are about 3/4”, grayish brown and shaped like a shield. Don’t handle them or squash them if you can avoid it, as true to their name they give off a terribly foul smell from a gland located on their thorax.

Stink bugs commonly go inside homes in the fall through cracks and crevices that they find in your home. They do this to avoid the cold weather that is coming and stay to overwinter inside your home. They enter through openings around windows, doors, soffits, gable vents, chimneys, etc. The warmth of your home allows them to remain alive and to return outdoors in the spring to find food and a mate. Preventing stink bugs from making entry into your home will involve sealing and caulking all cracks, gaps, crevices that are found in your home’s foundation and around exterior windows and doors. Remember to fill in all holes around utility wires, cables, pipes and exhaust fans. You should install door sweeps on exterior doors, trim back trees and bushes away from your home, and keep a tight-fitting cap on your chimney.

If you are interested in complete eradication of stink bugs and guaranteed prevention of any more infestations, you will want a year-round pest control plan. Schendel offers complete services to protect your home. With Schendel services, you won’t have to worry about unwanted pests inside your home all year long. Our specialty is worry-free, pest protection. Schendel Pest Services uses products that are both efficient and effective, allowing us to fully protect your home with an absolutely minimal impact. We use bait and dust technologies to get rid of pest infestations and keep them from returning again. Our Integrated Pest Management protocols (IPM) are leading the industry, all orchestrated by our own on-staff entomologists. For professional pest services in Kansas, call us today at Schendel Pest Services for more information, we would love to talk with you.




 

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