Are Stink Bugs Invading Your Home?
Stink bugs are on the rise this year – and in the fall, these insects can become a big problem as they become home invaders. The particular stink bug that is causing so much alarm is the brown marmorated stink bug, which is characterized by its shield-like shape, in varying tones of brown with gray, off-white, copper and bluish markings.
The brown marmorated stink bug is native to Asia, but was accidentally introduced into the U.S. sometime the late 90s and populations have grown rapidly as they have no natural predators. While stink bugs are harmless to humans, they can be quite a nuisance as overwintering pests. Brown marmorated stink bugs seek shelter to hibernate during the winter months, invading homes in the fall and then fleeing in the spring.
How to protect your home from invading stink bugs
Because these invaders are found most often hiding in siding, soffits and any crack they can find, follow these tips to help keep stink bugs from overrunning your home.
1. Caulk windows inside and out.
2. Weather-strip entry doors and/or install door sweeps if daylight is visible around the edges.
3. Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from around your home’s foundation to keep from attracting pests.
4. Inspect for foundation cracks and seal them to block a potential point of entry.
5. Secure crawl space entries.
6. Clear and sweep up any dead bugs.
While stink bugs are harmless to humans and their homes, they are difficult to get rid of completely once they have become unwelcomed guests. If your home is being invaded, responding with the proper action can reduce stink bug numbers dramatically. If these steps do not eliminate the problem, consider hiring a professional pest control service.