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How To Keep Stink Bugs Away From Your West Chester Property

October 21, 2021

 

Brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) or simply “stink bugs” are invasive pests that were first identified during the 1990s in Pennsylvania. Stink bugs are believed to have originated in Asia and recently have spread to many regions of the U.S. and sometimes are found in homes. They are best known for emitting a foul odor when they either feel threatened, or they are squashed. 

close up of stink bug

Stink bugs have a distinctive appearance with a body length of 12 to 17 millimeters, six legs, antennae and appear in shades of brown with white or tan bands and markings. Females lay their eggs in clusters or clutches of 20 or more, which develop into nymphs before reaching adulthood—a cycle usually lasts between 40 and 60 days.

Stink bugs are often drawn to homes with significant exterior lighting. West Chester property owners are encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights in entryways, close interior blinds or curtains, and consider transitioning to the yellowish bulbs that are less attractive to insects.

Stink Bugs Might Spend The Winter In Your Home

Stink bugs sometimes will move indoors as the weather cools in the fall months to overwinter. They will often spend the winter hidden within interior walls, crawlspaces, and basements and later emerge in the spring. Some homeowners first detect their presence by finding small groups of living or dead stink bugs or by noticing bugs that are warming themselves near exterior windows that are in direct sunlight.

How Dangerous Are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs pose no direct risks to human health and are considered nuisance pests. Stink bugs may frighten people because they often fly abruptly and erratically. If crushed, stink bugs can leave stains on fabrics and surfaces that are challenging to remove.

Stink bugs use their mouths to extract the fluids from plants and are problematic on farms and gardens. They are a burden to the agricultural community, as they will flock to fruit trees, vegetables, and other crops and drain their nutrients.

Why Contact A Licensed Pest Exterminator?

A licensed pest controller will visit the property to complete a detailed assessment that involves locating potential entry points, identifying any nests or hiding spots, and determining the best approach for ousting pests. Our representative will provide you with an estimate that contains a clear summary of the services to be performed and transparent pricing. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed when working with Moyer Pest Control.

The trained experts with Moyer Pest Control have implemented a specialized two-step treatment method that has proven to deliver positive results for those struggling with stink bugs. In the late summer months of August or September, we begin by visiting the property to complete an application using micro-encapsulated options that offer the benefit of delayed-release. Roughly one month later, we return to complete the second phase of treatment.

Keep in mind that our innovative stink bug treatment program focuses primarily on the home’s exterior area to discourage their presence and also to prevent them from physically making it indoors.

Ecofriendly Pest Control Company In West Chester

The technicians with Moyer Pest Control are trained and equipped for expelling many other unwanted pests, including bed bugs, termites, rodents, and more. As local members of the community, we have established a commitment to operating safely to protect our customers, their pets, and the natural environment that we share. We now use many of the latest eco-friendly products that comply with the guidelines and recommendations of various agencies and industry advocates, including the EPA and the National Pest Management Association.

Contact us today to schedule an onsite property assessment.

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