Stink Bugs Could Become the Pest of FallJanay Rickwalder
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
If mosquitoes were this summer’s worst pest, stink bugs
seem to be making a great case for earning the title of "Pest of
Portland and everywhere in between, these smelly bugs have been
invading homes across much of the country in recent weeks, leaving
many homeowners holding their noses and running for the door.
Stink bugs are an
invasive species, meaning they are not native to the United
States. They were brought into the U.S. from Eastern Asia, and have
now been reported throughout the Northeast United States, as well
as the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and South regions.
Lucky for homeowners, this pest does not pose serious property
or safety threats; however, its tendency to invade homes in high
numbers can be a nuisance.
To prevent a stink bug infestation, the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) recommends sealing cracks around the outside of
the home and keeping outdoor lighting to a minimum. If stink bugs
have already found a way inside, homeowners should use a vacuum
cleaner to aid in their removal and dispose of the bag immediately
to prevent odor from permeating the area.