Whether you’ve dealt with them before or not, with a name like “stink bug,” this is a pest that you know you don’t want lurking about your home. Stink bugs get their moniker from the foul-smelling odor that they produce when they are threatened. This smell can linger for hours and be difficult to get rid of.
Unfortunately, stink bugs abound in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA. While this bug is indigenous to Asia, it has been confirmed by an entomologist that the Lehigh Valley was one of its first “US homes” during the early months of its infestation back in the 90’s. Now, they are readily found throughout the area.
That being said, the last place you want them is in your home. If you’re looking into how to get rid of stink bugs, then we want to help set you up for success. Let us tell you a little bit more about this pest as well as how to address it.
What is the Stink Bug?
Before we dive into how to get rid of stink bugs, let’s talk a little bit more about what this pest is. Stink bugs are primarily a nuisance pest. Their look and smell are what make them so unpleasant. They are a brown bug that looks as though they are carrying an armored shield on their backs.
The good news is that stink bugs do not bite or sting. They also do not pose any serious risk. However, they can invade in large numbers, particularly in the fall and winter months, when they seek the shelter and warmth of the indoors.
Stink bugs will live in trees and nearby agricultural crops all summer, invading homes in the fall and winter, and with some exiting structures in the spring.
That is if they make it to the spring. Stink bugs often aren’t very good at hiding and are typically spotted by homeowners or just die eventually indoors. You’re quite likely to find them lumbering along on your couch, on your drapes, or even on a bed. We certainly understand that you don’t want these pests making themselves comfy and cozy in your home!
That’s why we’re offering our best tips for killing stink bugs.
1. Address Entry Points for Stink Bugs
With any pest, your best plan of attack is to do what you can to keep them out of your home in the first place. Unfortunately, outdoor pests are constantly going to be trying to find a way to get inside.
With stink bugs, you’ll want to address common entry points by sealing cracks around your windows, doors, or siding and seeking out damaged screens on windows or doors (and patching them). Stink bugs will typically find their way in through these spaces.
Stink bugs might also creep in through chimneys, electrical outlets, ceiling light fixture openings, or skylights. If you have any cracks or openings in these areas, use caulk to seal them up as well.
2. If Killing Stink Bugs, DO NOT Crush Them
For a lot of homeowners, the natural reaction to seeing a bug is usually to squash it. But when you squish a stink bug, you’ll absolutely release its stench and the smell will be difficult to get rid of.
While the smelly chemical that stink bugs produce is usually on their body, some have been known to spray it up to several inches away.
Rather than smash a stink bug or even try to pick one up (as the smell will be transferred to your hand), it’s best to carefully sweep stink bugs outside or vacuum them up (or give them a flush). You’ll want to go as far as removing the vacuum bag so the odor does not have a chance to linger. If you think one stink bug smells bad, imagine multiple stink bugs hanging out in a vacuum bag. It’s a smell that is going to linger in your home if you don’t get rid of it promptly.
3. Quarterly Pest Control is the Best Stink Bug Control
While trying to reduce the number of stink bugs from coming into your home via open entries is important, far and away, the best stink bug control is the use of a professional pest control service.
The truth is, despite your best efforts, these types of pests are stealthy and will find a way in. So using a service where a pest control product is applied around the exterior of your house will create a “shield” that kills stink bugs that try to enter.
While there are some various home-made concoctions out there that work such as spraying them with soapy water, this means the pests already had to make their way into your home. Then you have to try and go around and spray them as you find them. Who wants to deal with that?
The fact is, you’d rather prevent stink bugs from even making their way in than have to find and spray them. This is why professional pest control is the best way to address killing stink bugs.
Working with Joshua Tree for Stink Bug Control
At Joshua Tree, our Quarterly Pest Control program will help drastically reduce stink bugs with a targeted approach. This can include a thorough crack and crevice dust treatment around the most likely points of entry as well as a residue spray to certain parts of the home itself.
One of the major benefits of this program is that in addition to the exterior barrier we’ll create, we are also addressing pest control inside of the house. So, if you have a lot of stink bugs that have already made their way in, we’ll implement the best solutions inside, too. After all, we understand that some of these annoying pests may have already made their way in, which is why you’re looking into solutions.
It’s also a huge benefit that this program not only addresses stink bugs but other common pests like spiders, ants, and roaches.
Our guess is that if you don’t want stink bugs lurking around, you probably don’t want these other creepy crawlies in your home, either.
Get Rid of Stink Bugs and Your Worries, Too
Nobody likes thinking about having pests hanging around, making themselves at home. Whether you’ve already spotted some stink bugs or you just want to keep as many out as possible, we understand that pests put you on edge or at the very least, cause you frustration. When you’re enjoying the comfort and safety of being at home, you shouldn’t have to be worrying about a nuisance like stink bugs ruining your time.
Fortunately, you no longer have to. You can put those worries aside with your wise choice in pest control.
With a safe and effective pest control service, you can gain peace of mind that the pests are being kept away. That means instead of having to worry about stink bugs or other pesky creatures, you can get back to enjoying your time at home to the fullest.
If you’re interested in learning more about pest control services at your Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, PA home, contact us for a free pest control quote or give us a call at 610-365-4858 so that we can answer your questions.
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