Stink Bugs Are Raising A Stink

09/20/2010


Stink Bugs    Tips/Solutions   

With summer drawing to a close, many homeowners across the region may think that their pest problems have come to end.  Unfortunately, insects and rodents will soon make their way inside to get out of the cold.  Of the many pests that are likely to seek relief from the declining temperatures, stink bugs are becoming a large problem and their presence in homes is downright…. Well stinky.

Native to Asia, stink bugs have only recently become a local problem.  In Maryland, stink bugs threaten crops and fruit orchards as well as gardens and ornamentals.  Appropriately named, stink bugs will emit a smell when they feel threatened or when crushed.  They become a nuisance pest for home and business owners when they move indoors to overwinter.  Although they have the potential to invade structures in large numbers, these stinky insects will not breed in your home or cause damage; they are there simply to overwinter. 

To ensure you have a stink bug free home over the winter, prevention is key.  "The best way to get rid of them is not to let them in your house at all," says W. Wayne White, Board Certified Entomologist for American Pest.  With that in mind we’ve put together some useful tips to help homeowners in DC, Maryland and Virginia keep stink bugs out.

Stink Bug Prevention

  • Seal openings with silicone or silicone-latex caulk
  • Repair or add screens to doors and windows
  • Use weather stripping around doors and windows
  • If you find stink bugs have already entered your home, you can simply vacuum these annoying insects up and dispose of the bag soon after.

For more information about Stink bugs and what you can do to get rid of them, contact American Pest today.






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