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Are Souderton Stink Bugs Dangerous To Have Around My Property?

Stink Bugs In Souderton

When brown, shield-shaped bugs start crawling all over the outside of your home, it can make you wonder if you should start worrying. It is even worse when they start to get inside. These bugs climb on walls, move around in curtains and drapes, perch on light fixtures, and make long journeys across your television while you're trying to watch a movie. All this can be unsettling—to say the least. But do you need to be worried about these mottled brown insects? Here's what you should know.

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They Stink

When these bugs get into your Souderton home, they can cause a stink. They are stink bugs after all. If you disturb a stink bug, you could make it release a very unpleasant smell. The liquid emitted by a stink bug might cause a burning sensation when it comes in contact with your skin. If you have an allergic or severe reaction, have a physician take a look.

Stink Bugs Don't Bite

A stink bug can bite through the skin of a piece of fruit, but it has a harder time biting through human skin, even if it wanted to—which it doesn't. Stink bugs don't bite humans to draw substance, and they don't bite humans out of self-defense. This is definitely good news.

Stink Bugs Don't Spread Diseases

Some pests can make you sick simply by crawling around on your stuff. Cockroaches are a great example of this. They climb in trash and sewers, and then skitter around on your plates, silverware, and cutting board. This can transfer harmful bacteria and parasitic worms to surfaces. Stink bugs are agricultural pests. They rarely come in contact with harmful microorganisms. So you don't have to worry about these insects contaminating the surfaces they climb on.

Stink Bug Feces

Some pests can make you sick from their feces. Fleas are an example of this. When fleas leave flea dirt around, it can lead to sickness. Murine typhus is spread by contact with the flea dirt "feces" of adult fleas. Stink bugs don't feed on the blood of animals, which is how fleas pick up the bacteria Rickettsia Typhi. So, stink bug feces are not known to cause contamination. But they can discolor your curtains and other fabrics. These stains are hard to remove from some fabrics.

Stink Bugs And Pets

Do you have a curious dog or cat? Are you worried that your pet might eat one of those nasty stink bugs? If so, you don't have too much to worry about. Your dog or cat is likely to learn quickly that eating one of these insects is a bad idea and refrain from doing so after having a good sniff. If a stink bug is consumed, it could make your pet start to drool excessively, or even vomit. The effects should not be too severe, and you can be sure that your dog or cat won't do it again. 

The Bottom Line

Stink bugs are mostly a nuisance, especially in the late fall when they get into homes to overwinter. If you have these pests getting inside, there are a few things to consider.

  • Doing a detailed inspection of your exterior and sealing potential entry points can help to keep stink bugs out of your home. Pay particular attention to screens, weatherstripping, door sweeps, and the seals around door and window frames.

  • If you only have one or two stink bugs getting in, these can easily be removed. You can get them with a paper towel or you can build a handy little stink bug trap out of a 1-liter plastic bottle.

  • If you have many stink bugs getting into your home, you can hire a pest control professional to apply exterior treatments to keep stink bugs from entering your home to overwinter.

Stink Bug Control

A quality residential pest control plan gives you coverage for stink bugs. While you're being protected from dangerous pests that can sting, bite, and spread diseases, you'll also be keeping these annoying home invaders out. If you live in Souderton, contact Moyer Pest Control for more advice or assistance. We're here to help you with all your pest control needs. 

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