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How To Get Rid Of Annoying Stink Bugs

Updated on January 30, 2011

Stink bugs. Just typing that out makes me cringe a little bit. Posting the picture above, even more creeped out. What are stink bugs? Well the name basically says it all. In my experience, like a skunk, when they feel threated, they emulate a horrible smell that can linger for hours. That smell actually attracts MORE stink bugs into your home. I personally never even heard of a stink bug until about 2 years ago. They come in different colors, mostly brown but you will sometimes come across a bright pretty (ick) green one.

Where do they come from?

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from Asia sometime between 1996 and 1999 and was first seen in Pennsylvania. They are pests ofAgriculture and feed on a wide variety of fruits, seeds and berries. They usually start to enter homes in the fall and hang out inside your nice cozy warm house until late spring/summer. They enter through tiny gaps around windows, doors, vents, chimneys or the eves of the structure.

How to keep them out, or at least limit the amount of stink bug "guests" you receive.

Caulk any gaps around windows and doors in your house. In my opinion, the best time to do this is in the winter, where you can feel around your windows and doors for openings, if you can feel cool air coming through, thats their entry way!

Too late, you already have them?

The most important thing is DO NOT CRUSH THEM. Stink bugs get their name from the liquid that they emit from their thorax. (The thorax is a division of an animal's body that lies between the head and the abdomen ), It is released when they are agitated or crushed. The smell is commonly compared to rotting garbage. Some people suck them up in their vacuum and then dispose of the bag immediately. If you find yourself overwhelmed with them, then you may need to consult a certified pest controller.

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