Stinky Problems For West Chester Residents
November 18, 2016
There is absolutely no doubt where the name ‘stink bug’ comes from; as those of us here in West Chester that have had the unfortunate experience of spending the winter with them can attest. Stink bugs stink. It’s that plain and simple. They are equipped with a gland on their abdomen that produces a very noxious odor that some species can even spray up to several feet. Some say the smell reminds them of skunk, other say it smells like rotting cilantro or coconut; but either way, it is an experience your nostrils will not soon forget.
Stink bugs cause issues throughout the entire year. During the spring, summer, and fall, they can be found snacking on vegetation and will cause extensive damage to crops such as apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus, persimmons, soybeans, tomatoes, lima beans, green peppers, blackberries, sweet corn, field corn, weeds, as well as ornamentals. As you can see, they have a large and varied diet.
For homeowners, though, the real trouble begins in late fall and early winter when these insects begin to congregate on the warm side of homes and search for a tiny crack or gap to exploit in order to gain entrance. Once inside, these bugs will group together by the hundreds or thousands inside wall voids and ceilings. They will from time to time venture out into the living areas of your home, especially on warmer days, thinking it time to try to find a way back into the great outdoors. Your first instinct will be to step on them, but that would prove to be a mistake as the odor that ensues will drive you out of your own home.
You may decide to vacuum them up, but this strategy will also spread their odor throughout your home. Plus, this chemical produced by the stink bug can cause allergic reactions in some people and can cause skin reactions including dermatitis when the chemical comes in contact with skin.
Truly the best way to avoid all of this hassle and keep stink bugs from spending the winter with you in your West Chester home is to call in the pros. Here at Moyer Pest Control, we have highly trained certified experts that can safely protect your home from stink bugs and other, more harmful, pests.
Keep your West Chester home fresh and pest-free this winter when you partner with the trusted professionals here at Moyer Pest Control for industry leading services. One call is all it will take to begin your year-round protection.