What are stink bugs?
Stink bugs are an invasive species that were introduced to the U.S. from Asia in 1996. They are also commonly known as “shield bugs” because of the triangle shaped plate that is located on their backs. Adult stink bugs can grow to be about ¾ of an inch in length and are grayish-brown in color. As their name suggests, they do emit a very foul smell from glands located on their thorax when they are handled, threatened, or squished.
What are the dangers of stink bugs?
Stink bugs are an agricultural pest. They feed on and therefore damage a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, peaches, berries, peppers, beans, pecans and field crops, like cotton. Stink bugs can invade homes, businesses and other buildings in large numbers in the fall, when they start to seek warm shelter for the winter months. Having large numbers of stink bugs in your home can also become a very smelly nuisance problem.
How can I get rid of stink bugs?
Getting rid of stink bugs can be a very frustrating problem. If you find one or two stink bugs in your home, it is best to immediately vacuum them up and then discard the vacuum bag directly into the trash.
To get rid of a large scale stink bug infestation, you should contact a professional pest control expert. The experts at Schendel can offer you stink bug control services through our Premium Care program. If you are having problems with stink bugs, contact us today.
Are there ways to prevent a stink bug infestation?
There are several things that you can do to help prevent stink bugs from invading your home. Stink bug prevention tips include:
- Sealing cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation.
- Caulking gaps that are found around exterior windows and doors. Making sure that door sweeps are installed on exterior doors.
- Trim back trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home.
- Seal open spaces that are found around utility entrances, air conditioners, and exhaust fans.
- Make sure that your chimney has a tight fitting cap on it, and that any broken or loose shingles are repaired.