Stink Bug Season Is Here, Homeowners Prepare!NPMA Staff
Monday, September 30, 2013
The National Pest Management Association anticipates more stink
bugs this fall
Fairfax, Va. - Homeowners across the Northeast and the
Mid-Atlantic states have begun to encounter the most unwelcome sign
of fall — stink
bugs. These smelly pests are out in full force and looking for
overwintering spots, usually inside people’s homes. The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) is predicting a heavy stink bug
season and encourages homeowners to take the necessary steps to
thwart home invasions.
“Stink bugs have become a familiar sight in homes in nearly 40
states over the past few years as this invasive species continues to
spread out further across the country. Although they are a
significant agricultural problem and concern for farmers, they are
also quite a nuisance to homeowners,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for the NPMA.
“The reason stink bugs end up in our homes is because they are
looking for a spot that will keep them safe from harsh winter
elements such as rain and snow. You’ll often find them near windows
and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that throw off
light and warmth,” said Henriksen. “Stink bugs will also release a
chemical alerting other stink bugs to an area they’ve settled in,
so it’s important to prevent entry in the first place.”
The NPMA offers the following advice to keep
stink bugs out and how to remove them if they are already
- Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling
fans and light switches. Pay close attention to areas including
around siding and utility pipes, underneath the wood fascia or
- Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed; store firewood at
least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the
- Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less
attractive to stink bugs.
- Use a vacuum to eliminate stink bugs indoors, empty the
contents into a plastic bag and dispose of them immediately.
- A licensed pest professional can pre-treat homes for stink bugs
before they become a problem.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and