Stink Bugs Expected to Invade Homes As Cooler Weather ApproachesNPMA Staff
Monday, September 26, 2011
As the season begins to change and cooler weather approaches, stink bugs are
starting to leave the garden and seek warmth and shelter indoors.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages
homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent a stink bug
infestation in and around the home this fall.
Since arriving from Asia, brown marmorated stink bugs have become a
nuisance for homeowners in the Eastern United States. The species
can be found from South Carolina to New Hampshire and west to
Indiana, as well as in California and Oregon. Notorious for their
"smelly" reputation, stink bugs secrete a bad-smelling, bad-tasting
fluid when disturbed or when crushed. They are not known to bite
humans but caution should be used when handling them to avoid a
release of their odor.
"Homeowners should expect to see an increase in stink bugs in
the coming weeks as they begin to take flight in search of
overwintering sites," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. "Although these pests do not pose any
serious health or property threats, their tendency to seek food,
water and shelter in homes during the colder months can be a
NPMA offers the following stink bug prevention tips:
- Seal and caulk cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility
pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other
- Repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors.
- Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted
- If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner
for their removal and dispose of the bag immediately to prevent
odor from permeating the area.
- If an infestation has developed, a licensed pest professional
should be contacted to evaluate and assess the severity
For more information on stink bugs or to find a pest
professional, visit www.pestworld.org
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