Stink Bug Control
Best known for the terrible smell they emit when threatened or killed, stink bugs (brown marmorated stink bugs) are becoming a major problem across Pennsylvania. Inadvertently introduced to the United States from China and Japan via shipping crates, stink bugs have flourished in the eastern United States. In fact, the first known report of these fruit and vegetable plant feeding pests was recorded in Allentown in 1998. By 2010, they had become season-long pest in orchards. Today, they are commonly found locally throughout our service area.
As nights grow cooler in September and October, adult stink bugs, which can live up to a year, seek out warm shelter where they spend winter in a state of hibernation, called overwintering.
Their shelter tends to be our homes. They usually enter buildings through small openings around windows, doors and air conditioning units. They also gain entry under shingles and through openings in the soffit. Inside, they can be seen on walls, around windows, and in the folds of curtains, laundry and bedding.