Well Hello There Stink Bugs!


Stink Bugs   

Have you ever experienced an encounter with stink bugs? Well, I have! Having stink bugs in my house was a major nuisance as they would always tend to congregate in large numbers. These pests feed on fruits and have the unique ability to give off a pungent odor when disrupted or crushed. During the fall time these bugs begin to search for a place of shelter for the winter. However, with spring just around the corner these stinky bugs will begin to re-emerge. Stink bugs are easily recognizable by their small, shield shaped bodies. Often, when people see these bugs they wonder what kind of a threat they pose and some even ask the question “Do stink bugs bite?”. The answer: stink bugs are more of a threat to the agricultural industry and are not known to bite humans.

Stink bugs were introduced by accident in 1998 from Asia and have become an aggravating pest for many property owners. Stink bugs are common household pests and there are couple of things you can do if they give you trouble this spring. If you have an existing stink bug issue you may try using a vacuum cleaner to help you rid your home of live or dead stink bugs (don’t forget to discard the bag promptly after use to keep from stinking up your home). If your home or business is being overrun by these insects the safest and most effective choice is to call a pest professional for help. A qualified pest expert will be able to assess your pest situation and help you find a solution that will relieve you of your worries. The real key to stink bug control is what you do for prevention in the fall. Towards the end of summer you may want to consider doing the following:

  • Remove window air conditioners. Stink bugs can easily access a house through the openings of an air conditioner.

  • Caulk any openings where pipes and or wiring enter the house.

  • Be sure and seal any openings or cracks in the foundation.

  • Be sure your weather stripping isn’t too old.

  • Check your attic for any holes or cracks.

  • Replace any screens with even the slightest tears or holes

Don’t forget a licensed pest professional can also help you with your preventative measures this fall. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at American Pest. We will be happy to provide you with additional information you may need as well as help you eliminate any stinky problems you may be facing!



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