Why Stink Bugs Are Such a Common Fall Nuisance Pest
November 29, 2018
Stink bugs are a common pest in the fall as they search for a warm place to live. Unlike many other pests, stink bugs don’t come inside your home in search of food or a place to nest. They just want to be warm and will look for sunny windows and the comforting heat of your fireplace on cool fall nights.
While you might be completely disgusted by finding stink bugs in your home, they are harmless as far as pests go. They won’t invade your pantry or food stash. They won’t bite or sting you. They won’t buzz around your head keeping you up at night as a fly can. They won’t chew your wires or make holes like rodents.
So, what’s the problem? Stink bugs stink! As a means of defense, stink bugs let off a foul odor when disturbed.
It’s easy to distinguish a stink bug from other bugs and beetles, as they have a distinct shape. They look like they have a shield on their backs and are almost as wide as they are long. Most are a mottled brown color and they often congregate around windows and doors. You won’t mistake one for any other pest when you squish it and smell the odor.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of stink bugs in your home is to get out your vacuum hose and suck them up. Immediately empty your canister outside or remove the vacuum bag and put it out to the trash. While this is effective, it’s not very practical or convenient. You can’t whip out the vacuum every single time you see a stink bug – imagine dinner with a house full of guests and you running around sucking up bugs everywhere!
What you really want to do is prevent stink bugs from coming into your home at all. Late summer to mid-fall is the best time to contact Arrow Pest Control for stink bug prevention. We will come and treat the exterior of your home to keep stink bugs out before it gets cold enough for them to begin seeking warmer shelter. Our treatments will reduce the risk of stink bugs congregating outside your home, which then prevents them from coming around and even trying to get in. Additionally, we will work with you on exclusion techniques and point out areas where stink bugs could be gaining entry to your home. Don’t hesitate to call Arrow Pest Control right now to keep your home stink bug free this fall and winter!