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What are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs are easily recognizable because of the triangular shaped plate on their backs, which explains the common nickname "Shield bugs." They belong to the order hemiptera. They are appropriately named because stink bugs have small glands located on their thorax that are capable of emitting an offensive odor. Stink bugs are usually different shades of brown and exist in the United States as well as in various parts of the world. They are recognized by a triangular shaped plate on their backs. Adults are approximately 17 mm long (25 mm = one inch) and are almost as wide as they are long.

Why do I have them?

Stink bugs are considered agricultural pests as well as nuisance pests. They may enter homes and businesses from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings in search for plants and fruit to feed on.

Are they dangerous?

Even though these stink bugs are not harmful to humans and do not reproduce inside structures such as houses, they cause concern when they become active in fall and spring. If many of them are squashed or vacuumed up, their smell can be quite apparent.

How do I get rid of Stink Bugs?

Getting rid of stink bugs can be a difficult task as they are commonly found on both the interior and exterior of properties. American Pest is your one-stop company for eradication of stink bug problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid you of stink bugs in the quickest, safest manner possible.

Can I do it myself?

Stink bug control using Do-It-Yourself methods does not prove to be effective in many cases. Locating the source of the infestation indoors and out is the key – something which American Pest’s experienced pest control professionals are trained to do.

How soon can you get here?

At American Pest, we pride ourselves in our quick response times and our quality service. For that reason we will endeavor to be with you the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Every product used by American Pest has undergone extensive testing by the EPA and has been registered for pest control use. Only after it has been EPA approved do we use and apply it following a strict set of guidelines. This means you can be assured it will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Adult stink bugs enter homes and other buildings in the fall, looking for a good spot to spend the winter. They can be mechanically excluded from homes and buildings by sealing cracks and other openings. Typical entry points include cracks and crevices around window and door trim, window-mounted air conditioners, exhaust fans, and chimneys. Cracks or other openings should be sealed with caulk to prevent entry by the adult stink bugs.  If you have done this and you are still having problems with stink bugs, contact American Pest today!

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