Stink Bug Season Is Here, Homeowners Prepare!

The National Pest Management Association anticipates more stink bugs this fall

FAIRFAX, Va. (September 30, 2013) – 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 inside:

  • 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 other openings.
  • Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed; store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • 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.

The 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 property.