Stinkbugs can be unwanted and annoying pests in your home. Although these bugs are actually native to Asia, they are now a common pest found in many homes and buildings in the United States. In warmer weather, stinkbugs search for safe places to stay during winter. An infestation of stink bugs may become apparent in the spring when the weather begins to warm up again. Once it is warmer, stink bugs will emerge from their hiding places and make you much more aware of their existence as they migrate back outdoors in search of food.
The Brown Marmorated Brown Stink Bug is responsible for infestation problems for farmers and homeowners. These bugs cause damage to crops by feeding on vegetation in warmer temperatures. Once the temperatures decrease in late fall and winter, the bugs seek refuge in homes and buildings. It is possible this invasive species traveled from Asia to the United Sates by shipping container; since its arrival into the United States, it has spread out through several states.
Stinkbugs do, in fact, stink. They release a chemical odor for various reasons. Stinkbugs release an unpleasant scent as a defense mechanism against potential danger. Once they find a safe place to hide in colder temperatures, they release a scent to attract other stinkbugs and lure them to the same hideaway. They will also release the scent if you squash them, so be weary of choosing this method of removal!
Why are Stinkbugs an Issue?
For homeowners, stinkbugs can be a problem. Because they have a tendency to congregate in groups, if any get into your home, chances are you will have several. They are a nuisance and especially unwanted due to the smell they emit. When these insects are letting others know they’ve found safe shelter, they discharge an unpleasant smell to attract others. No homeowner wants a plethora of stinky bugs hiding out in their home!
What Can I Do to Keep These Stinky Bugs Out?
To keep stinkbugs from entering your home, there are some precautions you can take.
- Use caulk to seal your windows both internally and externally.
- Secure any possible openings to your home including chimneys, crawlspaces, exposed plumbing pipes, and around doors, vents and windows.
- Keep debris, leaves, and overgrowth away from your home. These are attractive hiding places for stinkbugs and can lure them into your house.
- If you suspect an infestation in or near your home, call a professional to help.
If you’re facing a stinkbug or other pest infestation in your home, contact us for help. We can help remove insects effectively and efficiently in ways that are safe to you, your family, your home and your pets.
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