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Secret To Effective Stink Bug Control For Your Souderton Property

A Guide To Stink Bugs

By now, it is likely that you are familiar with what a stink bug is. The brown marmorated stink bug, with its mottled brown and white coloration and shield shape, has made quite a name for itself. There are few residents in Souderton that have not been exposed to them. But it is surprising how little most people know about them. For instance, are you aware that stink bugs can survive in your home? If they survive the cold winter inside your home, they'll want to exit when the temperatures outside warm up. These aren't household pests, they are crop pests that overwinter in man-made structures. Here are a few more things you might not know about stink bugs that are directly connected to how you can effectively keep them out of your Souderton home.

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Stink Bugs Are Attracted To Light

When you leave lights on at night, you're putting out the welcome mat for stink bugs. These insects, like many insects, are drawn to light. You can reduce stink bugs on your property by doing the following:

  • Turning exterior lights off where it is not going to be a security concern.

  • Replacing white light bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs.

  • Closing shades and curtains.

Standing Water Gives Stink Bugs A Drink

Stink bugs need to drink. They can get a drink from any source of standing water. If your property has a watering hole, these insects will take advantage of it.

  • Clogged or broken gutter systems

  • Leaking pipes

  • Leaking spigots or hoses

  • Containers that capture rainwater

  • Toys sitting in the yard

Stink Bugs Are Attracted To Moisture And Humidity

Your property can be attractive to stink bugs even if you don't have a single puddle. All that is required is humidity. It is difficult to control humidity outside of your home, but in humid interior spaces, it is possible to keep things dry and make stink bugs feel unwelcome.

  • Fix leaky faucets.

  • Run the fan in your bathroom during showers and baths.

  • If you don't have a fan in your bathroom, consider having one installed.

  • Don't leave water in the tub.

  • Install dehumidifiers in damp locations, such as cellars, basements, or crawl spaces.

Stink Bugs Are Drawn To Tight Spaces

Have you noticed that these insects hide inside the folds of your curtains or in between stacks of newspapers? This isn't a coincidence. Stink bugs are thigmotactic. They prefer to be in places where they are being touched on all sides. This can cause them to come into your home in one of two ways.

They can climb into bags, boxes, potted plants and other items you might carry into your home.
They can squeeze into your home through gaps, cracks, and holes in your exterior walls and foundation walls. Seal these entry points to keep stink bugs, and other pests, out of your home.

Tight spaces can also be an attractant. If you have a woodpile or organic debris in your yard, these can lure stink bugs in. More stink bugs in your yard will result in a higher chance of infestation inside your home.  

Stink Bugs Climb Into Holes

In nature, stink bugs are always taking advantage of holes. If you have holes on your home, they may crawl right inside. Make sure to inspect all your door and window screens and to repair any holes you find. There are some helpful videos online for quick and cheap screen repairs.

Stink Bugs Can Make A Stink

If you find stink bugs in your home, be aware that they aren't going to stink unless you squish them or startle them. The best way to deal with stink bugs that have found their way into your Souderton home is to suck them up with a vacuum or create a simple stink bug catcher out of an empty 1-liter soda bottle.

The Most Effective Way To Control Stink Bugs

Now that you know how stink bugs behave, and what you can do to deter them, it is time to talk about control. There is no better way to keep stink bugs and other pests out of your home than to invest in a residential pest plan from Moyer Pest Control. The treatments we apply repel and eliminate insects before they get in. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule a service visit.

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