What Are Stink Bugs?
A stink bug is a type of insect typically characterized by its shield-like shape and unpleasant odor. They are usually brown or green in color, with a distinctive convex shape that resembles a shield. When they feel threatened, they release a strong, unpleasant odor from glands on their thorax as a defense mechanism.
Stink bugs feed on various crops and plants, including fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants, and can cause significant damage to crops. They are also known for invading homes and other structures in large numbers during the cooler months in search of a warm place to overwinter.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?
Stink bugs are not dangerous to humans, but that doesn't mean you want them in your home. While they do not bite, sting, or carry diseases, they can release an unpleasant odor as a defense mechanism, hence their name. They can also be considered a nuisance when they gather in large numbers, especially in homes.
Why Do I Have a Stink Bug Problem?
So, you have a stink bug problem and are still determining how it started. That's more common than you might realize! Though stink bugs are widespread in our area, they are not discussed nearly as often as the more common pests (ants, cockroaches, etc.).
There could be several reasons why you have a stink bug problem:
- Attracted to Light: Well-lit areas are attractive to stink bugs, so if you have bright lights near your windows, they may be attracted to your home.
- Seeking Shelter: Stink bugs enter homes in the fall to seek shelter from the cold winter weather. They may come in through cracks and crevices in your home's exterior.
- Food Source: If you have a garden or fruit trees, stink bugs may be attracted to your home. They primarily feed on fruits, vegetables, and plants, so if you have a green thumb, you may want to take extra steps to protect your plants.
- Warmth: Stink bugs are attracted to warm environments, and your home may provide the warmth they need to survive.
If the stink bugs have already settled into your home, don't worry—we can help!
Where Will I Find Stink Bugs?
If you can smell the foul odor of stinkbugs but cannot locate any, you may need to search around. Stink bugs are excellent hiders.
Stink bugs can hide in a variety of places on your property, including:
- Cracks and Crevices: Stink bugs can squeeze into small cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home, as well as in your windows, doors, and siding.
- Attics and Basements: Stink bugs may hide in your attic or basement, where it's warm and dry.
- Behind Curtains and Under Furniture: Stink bugs may hide behind curtains or under furniture, especially near a light source.
- Under Leaves and Debris: Stink bugs may hide under leaves, grass clippings, or other debris on your property.
- In Plants: Stink bugs may hide in the leaves and on the stems of plants, especially if they're feeding on them.
Need help locating stink bugs on your property? Call our team today! We can quickly locate and eradicate stink bug infestations of all sizes. We offer personalized pest control services backed by 25 years of industry experience and use only safe and eco-friendly treatments.
How Do I Get Rid of Stink Bugs?
The most effective way to combat pest infestation is to partner with an experienced and reputable pest control company.
At Pest and Termite Consultants, we have access to a full range of pest control treatments and products. We have been providing reliable, affordable pest control services for over 25 years and would be happy to put our experience to use in your favor.
Our team will eliminate your stink bug infestation in no time at all.
How Can I Prevent Stink Bugs in the Future?
If we have recently eliminated a stinkbug infestation from your home—or, better yet, if you have avoided one altogether—you might consider taking some action to prevent them from setting up shop on your property.
To prevent stink bugs, you can:
- Make sure that any gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and other openings in your home are sealed to prevent stink bugs from entering.
- Installing screens on windows and doors helps keep stink bugs out.
- Keep outdoor lights off or use yellow "bug lights," which are less attractive to stink bugs.
- Remove any potential habitats around your home, such as piles of leaves, wood, or debris.
- Plant insect-repelling plants near your home, such as basil, catnip, and lavender.
- You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any stink bugs or eggs in your home.
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