Fight Stink Bugs With These Control Measures
Unlike many other insect problems, stink bugs haven’t always been an issue for U.S. homeowners. Instead, they hitchhiked here on some cargo from Asia in the late ‘90s, and since then, they’ve been creating real issues wherever they go. They’ll eat almost anything in sight, including entire fields of crops, so big time control is a must.
What Do Stink Bugs Look Like?
Stink bugs are just under an inch long and brown all over their bodies. These six legged creatures have a fairly distinct shape, as they often resemble a shield. Disturb just one, and you’ll quickly find out why they’re called stink bugs. A horrible odor comes out almost immediately.
You may also notice their eggs on the underside of leaves in groups of about twenty at a time. The eggs are yellow, oval shaped projections with tiny spines on them.
Are They A Problem In Homes?
While they’re certainly a big deal for your plants or a farmer’s crops, they’re also an issue if they get in your home. You don’t want any bugs in your home, but you particularly don’t want these guys in your home if anyone in the house has allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems. They can aggravate the condition, causing more issues than many other kinds of pests.
How Do I Keep Them Out?
A good integrated pest management program can help to keep stink bugs out of your home for good. You’ll want to start with a look outside your home. There are lots of tiny cracks and openings they can utilize to get in, so keep a close eye around the windows, doors, and foundation of your home. Get handy with a caulk gun so you can seal up any of those tiny openings. Be especially vigilant around utility pipe openings, as just a little gap may mean they can escape into your home. Look for damaged screens, too, because they’re small enough to get through tiny spots where something has ripped a hole in your screen.
In the garden, you may want to set out traps to monitor the situation. If you begin to notice an issue, you’ll need to destroy as many as you can. Keep in mind that most of the insecticides available are only effective against the youngest members of the clan, so you may need to treat and retreat to get rid of the problem.
How Do I Get Them Out?
If they’re already in, the best way to go ahead and get them out is to contact a pest control professionals. They can be tough to completely eliminate, and the right exterminator will have the tools and knowledge necessary not only to eliminate the infestation, but also to keep them from coming back in the future.