The Stink Bugs Are Coming!
July 29, 2016
At Bunker Hill, on the 17th of June, 1775, Col. William Prescott--in an attempt to save on the last precious reserves of gunpowder--is said to have issued the command, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." But when it comes to stopping the invasion of stink bugs that will attack your home this fall, now is the time to start doing everything you can to keep them out. By the time you see the "whites their eyes," it will be too late.
Once stink bugs get in, they are much more expensive to deal with. These bugs don't just crawl around on your walls and hang out on your ceiling fan and hanging lights. They get into hard to see places, like the pockets of space inside your walls. It wouldn't be so bad if they would stay there. But, as you are aware, they don't. All fall and winter they will be crawling into your common areas, getting into your curtains, crawling on your flat screen television and computer monitors, and making a pest of themselves. And there is nothing worse than going to bed and smelling that chemical stink they leave behind.
Batten Down The Hatches!
While this is a nautical term that refers to covering the hatches (doorways) of a ship to seal them from inclement weather, it has come to mean, "Prepare yourself for trouble!" And boy is this the right phrase to use when talking about stink bugs. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for stink bug trouble.
The prime way a stink bug is going to get into your home is through a broken or damaged screen. Make sure all your door and window screens are in good working order.
The weather stripping on the edge of sliding doors will allow stink bugs to squeeze into the inner space. Make sure your weather stripping bristles aren't damaged.
You have weather stripping on your exterior doors as well. Not only is this important to keep the cold air out this winter, it has two functions during the summer. It keeps the cold air in and the stink bugs out. Make sure yours are in good condition.
Exterior walls can have all kinds of entry points. Do a close examination, especially around fixtures, air conditioning units, pipes, and electrical wires. If you see a gap, consider using a caulking gun to fill those gaps, or take measures to repair these spots before stink bugs and other bugs exploit them.
Cover vents, laundry exhaust, and your chimney with screening or something else that will keep bugs from getting in.
When the stink bugs come--and they will--make sure your home is sealed. If you need help sealing things up or, help getting stink bugs out, give us a call. Having stink bugs stinks. But with Moyer Pest Control, it can stink a lot less.