Stink bugs are one of the worst insects to have in your home. When you find them, you cannot just kill them because they release a musty sense when frightened. These brown insects have a shield-like body and are native to many parts of the United States. While they like to feed on ornamental plants and fruit trees, they can end up infesting your home.
What Are Stink Bugs?
Stink bugs are native to Taiwan, Japan, China and Korea. There are an estimated 4,7000 species of this insect in existence, and 250 species are native to North America. These insects most likely arrive in the country by riding along in shipping containers. Today, there are 30 states that have stink bug infestations. Most of these species have a shield-like body with a striped pattern along the abdomen. When frightened or squashed, they secrete a foul-smelling substance. If vacuumed up, they can cause the vacuum to smell like stink bugs for months afterward.
Prevent Stink Bugs From Entering Your Home
Your first goal is to keep stink bugs out of your home. Remove any window-unit air conditioners because stink bugs can enter your home through them. Likewise, seal up any cracks around doors and windows with caulking. You should also move fruit trees, tomato plants and vegetable plants from areas right next to your home. Stink bugs like to feed on these plants, so they will unintentionally go into your home if the plants are placed next to the house.
Kill Them Outdoors
No one wants to kill stink bugs inside because of the scent that they release. In the open air, this scent is not nearly a bad. Plus, the scent warns other stink bugs that the area is dangerous. If other stink bugs smell the scent, they will flee to someone else's yard.
Dryer Sheets and Stink Bug Prevention
One of the easiest ways to deter stink bugs is with dryer sheets. Start by finding the most pungent dryer sheets possible. Afterward, rub these sheets on your window and door screens. The scent will reduce the number of stink bugs that enter your home by up to 80 percent. You can also try hanging a damp towel outside at night. The stink bugs will congregate on the towel, and you can rinse it off with soapy water in the morning.
Once a stink bug infestation occurs, it can be nearly impossible to exterminate the bugs without causing a terrible smell in your house. One of the best ways to rid yourself of stink bugs is to get professional help with exterminating them. If you need pest control help, contact ABC Exterminating today.