Brown marmorated stink bugs are an insect pest native to Asia, but are now commonly found in several areas within the United States. These repulsive creatures were introduced to the state of Pennsylvania back in the 1990’s, and have since exploded in population as they continue to reproduce and spread across the nation. Stink bugs get their name from the putrid-smelling liquid they produce from scent glands when they are crushed or threatened. They can be easily identified by the distinctive “shield” shape of their bodies, as well as being a mottled brown and gray in color. As an occasional invader, stink bugs are typically only seen invading Westchester homes during certain parts of the year, such as fall and early winter.
What Problems do Stink Bugs Cause?
- Stink bugs can be highly annoying once they have entered your home. Stink bugs will usually remain dormant until the temperatures change and spring arrives. However, the temperature inside your home often remains the same year-round, causing many stink bugs to continue their activity, flying about your living room, kitchen, and other rooms in your home. Nobody wants to be dive-bombed by a stinky intruder!
- Stink bugs emit a foul smell when they are startled or crushed, which can become overwhelmingly strong if several stink bugs are active within your home.
- Another problem caused by the foul-smelling liquid that stink bugs produce is the fact that it can leave stains on furniture, clothing, walls, and other light-colored surfaces. These stains are sometimes quite difficult to remove, especially if they go unnoticed for several hours at a time.
- As an agricultural insect pest, stink bugs will often land on fresh produce and take a bite, which is both unpleasant to think about and unsanitary.
- Stink bugs attract other pests if they end up dying in the wall voids and crawl spaces of your home. A dead stink bug is an easy meal for larger insects and even rodent pests.
- Because stink bugs are an occasional invader, they usually only end up inside of our Westchester homes during the fall and winter months as they seek shelter from the cold. These mottled insects congregate on the warmest exterior wall of your home—eventually finding cracks that lead inside. Inspect and repair any holes or gaps you have in your foundation to prevent stink bugs from finding an easy entry point.
- Torn window and door screens make a fantastic opening for stink bugs to get inside. By replacing or repairing any rips and tears in your window screens, you can reduce the number of stink bugs that enter your home this year.
- Any vents that lead outdoors should be properly sealed or covered, including chimneys that are not currently being used.
- Utility entrances such as wiring, piping systems, and other objects that extend outdoors should be inspected and sealed correctly once found. These areas are often overlooked, which means more stink bugs are able to enter your home.
How We Can Help
Preventative steps are a great way to move forward and keep stink bugs out of your home, but if stink bugs have already found their way inside, things become a bit more complicated. Moyer Pest Control is here to help with all your pest control needs—why do it alone when you can have an experienced pest control expert by your side? Here at Moyer, we offer year-round pest control services, and our stink bug reduction service will keep your home stink bug-free through each and every season of the year. Don’t wait for stink bugs to intrude! Instead, contact Moyer Pest Control to eliminate all your pest problems.