Stink bugs. Unfortunately, their name isn’t clever or deceptive. It’s disappointingly accurate. Stink bugs use smell as a defense mechanism. If they think they’re in danger, they release a strong, repulsive odor from their abdomen. It’s designed to make a predator find them distasteful. It works for predators and bystanders alike, which is why stink bug control is so important.
What Are Stink Bugs?
Stink bugs came from Asia and they’re a fairly recent invasive species. They were only identified in the U.S. in 1998, since becoming an agricultural pest of some renown. They’ve spread from Pennsylvania into New England and other states.
Stink bugs don’t bite or sting, so you don’t have to worry about physical harm. If you smell them, you may wish it was the other way around. They’re small and brown – don’t smash them or you’ll release the full scope of their stench. Their odor is reminiscent of skunk.
Stink Bug Control
If you find stink bugs on your property or in your home, do not allow them to get a foothold. Stink bugs will quickly get into your vents and heating ducts, your basement, and your attic and crawl spaces. As they infest, their stench becomes unbearable. It can take a long time to get that smell out of a home. That makes it doubly frustrating if you don’t get rid of stink bugs– you’ll have to spend the winter with that smell.
The winter is why they come inside in the first place, so get rid of stink bugs as quickly as possible by calling us. We have to remove them in a particular way so that they don’t die or get smashed and smell up your home. People are surprised that they’re some of the bugs we have to be most careful with so that you can spend a stench-free winter keeping warm. For more information on stink bug control or removal, contact Ransford Pest today.