Do Stink Bugs Really Smell?

05/08/2017


Stink Bugs    Tips/Solutions   
stink bug in grass

Maryland homeowners commonly panic when they discover brown marmorated stink bugs have managed to get inside of their home. Especially when you discover 20 of them are gathered around your window! Many people may be inclined to squash as many as they can, but wait, do stink bugs actually stink?

YES! Stink bugs get their name from a foul-smelling substance that they produce from their scent glands. When stink bugs are startled or crushed they will release an unpleasant odor. This substance is suspected to be used to repel predators, warn other stink bugs, and to attract mates. So don’t squash those stink bugs because that smell will be emitted through the house if you crush them.  

I Have a Stink Bug Infestation, What Next?

So now that you know not to squash them, you're probably wondering how to get rid of stink bugs. Unfortunately, Do-It-Yourself methods don’t prove to be effective in most cases. The most important factor is locating the entry point and sealing it so stink bugs, as well as any other pests, can’t return. If you want to remove stink bugs from your home temporarily, consider grabbing them with a tissue and flushing them. Then contact us for help in locating and sealing entry points.

It can be difficult to get rid of stink bugs as they are commonly found inside and outside of homes. However, American Pest is here for stink bug control and eradication.  Our pest professionals will thoroughly inspect your property and create a custom solution to rid you of the foul-smelling pests in the quickest, safest way possible. Contact us today and get more information about our stink bug reduction services. 

 

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