They’re back! Stink Bugs and You
A bug doesn’t have to be venomous to be a pest problem. The slow-moving stink bug can’t hurt you. He doesn’t bite or sting. He feasts on fruit and vegetable matter, not flesh. He’s just not very attractive to human eyes and stinks to high heaven if squashed. Step on one and you’ll very quickly start wishing for a skunk to wander in and freshen up the room!
These Asian natives have adapted perfectly well enough to live outdoors under leaf litter or in the mulch for the winter. Present in 40 of our 50 states, they can survive until spring in most of our US climate zones without any trouble. It’s just that your warm, cozy house is so much more comfortable!
Stink bugs slip into your home through cracks and crevices in the walls, foundation and windows. They’re attracted by your home’s warmth and safety but that’s really all you have to offer them. You’re not a very good provider of food since you keep most of veggies sealed in the fridge. Given the proper temperatures, he’d much rather be outside.
Getting rid of stink bugs isn’t that hard or dangerous; it just has to be done very, very carefully. The best thing to do is implement protective measures to keep them from getting inside in the first place. Integrated pest management is a safe and effective way of dealing with opportunistic pests like stink bugs.
Integrated pest management systems use preventative measures like caulking windows and cracks to keep bugs from gaining access to the home. It also implements eradication treatments when needed but with stink bugs, prevention is the key. Sprays aren’t very effective unless you nearly hit the stink bug squarely in the mouth parts. IPM methods are quite effective on this particular pest.
Talk to an IPM specialist if stink bugs are raising a stink in your home.