Stink Bug Removal, Control and Prevention

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For residents on the East Coast of the U.S., stink bugs have become as synonymous with fall as the changing leaves. But entomologists with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are expecting higher populations of the brown marmorated stink bug this autumn than last year. As a result, the NPMA is recommending that homeowners take steps now to pest-proof their homes against this stinky pest.

“The Mid-Atlantic experienced long periods of sustained hot weather this summer, allowing stink bug populations to grow to much higher levels than we saw in 2011,” explains Jim Fredericks, technical director for the NPMA. “Now that the weather is cooling off, there are more stink bugs seeking sites to overwinter.”

Stink bugs get their name from their habit of secreting a bad-smelling fluid when disturbed or crushed. They are not known to bite humans but caution should be used when handling them to avoid a release of their odor. "Stink bugs do not pose serious property or safety threats to homeowners, but their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "Luckily, there are steps people can take to prevent stink bugs from entering their homes."

The NPMA and Thomas Pest Services offer the following prevention tips against stink bugs and other fall invaders like box elder beetles, cluster flies and wasps.

  • Seal and caulk cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other openings.
  • Repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors.
  • Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted to lights.
  • If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner for their removal and dispose of the bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area.
  • If an infestation develops, a licensed pest professional should be contacted to evaluate and assess the severity problem.

As temperatures cool and warm nights fade into crisp autumn evenings, you may think of apple picking, bon fires or football. However, insects realize now is the time to find a warm place to spend the winter. Unfortunately, many pests will take a winter vacation with us, in our home. Pests like asian lady beetles, boxelder beetles, cluster flies, rodents and stink bugs, to name a few protect themselves from the elements as temperatures cool. Pest Prevention Tips provided by NPMA. Protect your home, family and heath by contacting Thomas Pest Services for a no charge consultation today!

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