How Can I Get Rid of Stink Bugs in my House?
Stink bugs have become a major problem in Ohio and most other states. The brown marmorated stink bug is the one you’ll see getting into the cracks of your windows, in your car, all over the side of your house and eventually hundreds will make residence in your home to endure the winter season.
The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys [Heteroptera: Pentatomidae]) is a highly invasive insect that is a threat to fruit, vegetables, and other farmed crops.
Stink Bugs are Invading Homes in the Midwest
Stink bugs in Ohio are active in early summer and then again in the fall until around mid-October. In the fall they are finding their way into your home for the winter. There may be hundreds or thousands of stink bugs that make it into your home and will remain until spring.
“Stink bug populations have increased steadily since the invasive species was first discovered in the U.S. in 1998. The massive amounts of snow and rain seen earlier this year in many parts of the country set the stage for an insect explosion, including stink bugs,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA (National Pest Management Association).
Stink Bug Removal – Early Prevention
How to remove stink bugs from my house? – This is a question we get often. The best method of removing stink bugs from inside the home is to prevent them from entering to begin with. We do this with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), by spraying around your home and windows which will deter the stink bugs from making entry. 2 Applications are recommended starting right now and in mid-October.
Once they’re in your home, it’s best to simply vacuum them up. We do offer a full pest control program which will nearly eliminate your stink bug problem as well as other pest control problems you may have both inside and outside your home. Simply call and ask about our pest control programs 330-861-5038.
As part of our IPM solution, mechanical exclusion is another great way to help eliminate your home being invested with these. This involves sealing up cracks and crevices in common areas where these invasive pests gain entry. Make sure everything is caulked up so these bugs are sealed out.
Common places stink bugs make entry into your home:
- Eaves and Vents,
- Window A/C units,
- Holes in siding and screens,
- Wall that receive a lot of sunlight,
- Door jambs and window frames,
- Any space large enough for a stink bug to fit in.
How Get Stink Bugs Out of Your House
Once they’ve gained entry it’s hard telling how many of them you have. We don’t recommend spraying or fogging an area inside your home due to it killing the stink bugs and then your next problem will be carpet beetles, which feed on the dead stink bugs.
The best solution is to simply keep vacuuming them up or disposing of them as you find them. You can also set up traps for stink bugs that will attract stink bugs if they’re in your home.
Stink Bug Trap
One of the best types of traps is a tin turkey pan with some water and Dawn dish soap and a light shining directly on the water, creating a reflection. This works best in the spring because the stink bug will be attracted to the light more. Once autumn comes, they’re not as likely to seek out light, they’re more interested in heading indoors and making a home for the winter months. Another stink bug trap is shown below:
Where Did Stink Bugs Come From?
The stink bug was never in the U.S. until it was introduced on a an Asian shipment of containers back in the late 1990’s, first identified in Eastern Pennsylvania. Since that time it’s infestation has spread to cover both the east and west coast and will be found everywhere on our continent within the next couple years.
Right now the Brown Marmorated stink bug has been detected in 44 states and 4 Canadian provinces and poses a serious threat to our agriculture as they eat their way through our continent, destroying our crops.
Why do Stink Bugs Stink?
Scientists believe the stink of the stink bug is a natural defense mechanism. If a stink bug is startled or feels there’s imminent danger, it will release it’s odor. The stink may also serve the purpose of inviting other stink bugs to warm lighted areas.
Custom Pest Control – We Remove Stink Bugs
If you’re having a stink bug problem give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to assist you in prevention and management. If you don’t want stink bugs making residency in your home this winter, call today and we’ll send someone out to do an initial treatment and then follow up in a couple weeks.