Think Before You SquishNPMA Staff
Friday, November 20, 2009
By NPMA Staff
Notorious for their "smelly" reputation, stink bugs enter homes
during the winter months, leaving homeowners looking for ways to
ward off these invaders. With their tendency to release an odor
when disturbed or crushed, learning how to properly dispose of
these pests is as important as preventing them from entering the
home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) provides tips
for homeowners to prevent these pests from invading homes and
"Stink bugs have been increasing in number since the mid-1990s,"
says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
"We are also seeing an increase in activity by other invasive
species similar to the stink bug such as Formosan termites and fire
Like other invasive species, stink bugs are difficult insects to
control once they infest a structure or food source. Although stink
bugs do not pose a health risk to humans, their presence alone can
be unsightly and a potentially odoriferous inconvenience for
homeowners. Even though these insects do not reproduce inside
structures such as houses, they cause concern when they become
active and conspicuous in fall and spring.
Stink bugs crave the warmth. To prevent them from entering homes
and buildings for shelter, NPMA recommends sealing cracks around
windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and
underneath the wood fascia and other openings with good quality
silicone or silicone-latex caulk. If stink bugs have already
entered a home or building, a vacuum cleaner can aid in the removal
of live or dead stink bugs. It's important to dispose of the bag
quickly to avoid the lingering smell of the stink bugs.
A licensed pest professional can provide treatment options for
stink bugs in the fall prior to bug congregation. If an infestation
has already developed, contact a licensed pest professional.