Stink Bug Prevention: 10 Tips to Keep This Smelly Pest at BayMissy Henriksen
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
We know that fall has arrived when the leaves begin
to change, the air becomes crisp and the smell of pumpkin pie fills
the house. But, another not-so-favorable sign that the cooler
months are upon us is the
arrival of stink bugs.
Notorious for their "smelly" reputation, stink
bugs frequently enter homes during the cooler months in
search of a warm place to overwinter. While stink bugs do not pose
a health or property risk to homeowners, this pest can quickly
become an odoriferous nuisance around the home.
Like other pests, including ants and termites, stink bugs often enter
structures in larger numbers, making stink bugs difficult pests to
control once inside. As a result, homeowners are often looking for
simple ways to ward off these invaders before an infestation
As the temperatures continue to drop and people begin preparing
for the winter months, consider pest proofing the home, both inside
and out, to prevent stink bugs and other pests from becoming
unwelcome houseguests this fall. For those wondering how to get rid
of stink bugs, here are 10 simple steps that homeowners can take
right now to keep this smelly pest at bay:
1. Seal off entry
points: For proper stink bug control, spend some time
inspecting the outside of your home for easy access points. Pay
close attention to areas including around siding and utility pipes,
behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia or other openings.
Seal any cracks and holes that are found using a good quality
silicone or silicone-latex caulk.
2. Replace and repair:
Stink bugs can enter the home through the smallest openings, so
it's important to repair or replace damaged screens on windows or
doors. Don't forget to check for torn weather-stripping and loose
mortar. You can also install door sweeps if necessary.
3. Turn off the lights:
Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it's recommended to keep
outdoor lighting to a minimum. During the evenings, turn off porch
lights and pull down window blinds to prevent light from spilling
4. Reduce moisture
sites: Eliminating all moisture build up around your home
can go a long way to help prevent many pest infestations. Check for
leaking pipes and clogged drains.
5. Eliminate food
sources: Another method for how to get rid of stink bugs
is to remove their access of food. Store food in airtight
containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed
receptacles. Also, make sure you wipe down counters and sweep
floors to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills.
6. Ventilate: Properly
ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces to eliminate
harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
Also, make sure to install screens over your chimney and attic
7. Check your
belongings: Inspect items such as boxes containing holiday
decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Stink
bugs can travel on these items and make themselves cozy once inside
8. Properly landscape:
Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed. In addition, make sure to
store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches
off the ground.
9. Think before
squishing: When many people find a stink bug, their first
instinct is to squish them. However, when disturbed or crushed,
stink bugs have a tendency to release a bad-smelling, bad-tasting
odor from pores on the sides of their bodies. This is how the pest
earned its name.
10. Use a vacuum: How do
you get rid of stink bugs once they have already entered your
home?, Use a vacuum cleaner for their removal. Dispose of the
vacuum bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area, as
dead stink bugs leave a residue inside the bag that can stink up
Remember that homes can be pre-treated for stink bugs before
they become a problem. But, if you suspect an infestation has
already developed, contact a licensed pest
professional to assess the severity problem and evaluate
the best course of stink bug control.
To learn more about where stink bugs came from, click here.