6 Ways To Stop Stink Bugs Now
October 24, 2014
With the coming of colder weather, it's safe to say that we all have our own ways of getting ready for the winter season. While enjoying cider and watching the leaves dance around the yard, we are also gathering firewood, paying for our home's heating oil and battening down the hatches to wait out the winter months. It is important to remember that humans are not the only ones who need a cozy home when it's cold. A variety of other creatures would love nothing more than to spend their time quietly hanging out in your attic, walls, basement or crawl space to escape winter's chill.
One of these is our old friend, the stink bug. This unique creature is known by its unique shield shaped body and it's tell tale odor. The stink bug isn't dangerous to humans but are well known for overwintering in large groups. Once they have moved in, they are a difficult houseguest to evict.
Before it gets too cold, it's probably a good idea to spend some time pest proofing your home so that these creatures along with a host of others can't find access.
First, inspect the outside of your home to see what might be easy access to a tiny, little bug. Gaps in windows, siding and around pipes leading into your home can be filled with caulking. Also, repair screens, cover vent openings and apply weather stripping around doors and windows.
Next, make sure that your pipes are not leaking and that drains are not plugged with debris. All pests need a water source and stink bugs are no exception. Make sure that your basement and attic are well ventilated to prevent moisture build up. Spend a little time making sure that your bushes and tree limbs are trimmed away from your home. These are great hiding spots and give bugs easy access to your siding and windows to search out the tiniest of openings. It is also a good idea to make sure that your kitchen is clean and crumb free so that they do not find this a great spot for a snack. Keep all food well covered and in containers.
Also, before you bring in boxes from your garage or shed, make sure you inspect the contents. Accidently introducing a few of these bugs can quickly lead to more than you bargained for. Another good idea is to keep your outdoor lights off in the evenings. Stink bugs are attracted to light.
If you suspect that you have a stink bug infestation, do attack it alone. A professional pest management company should always be called to remove the problem. They have the proper equipment available to do so safely and quickly.