Experts Warn of Stink Bug “Plague”

Increase in Stink Bugs

Mid-Atlantic States Should Prepare for Stink Bugs Seeking Warmth Inside Homes
Experts from Western Pest Services, a New Jersey-based pest control company with branches throughout the Mid-Atlantic, warn that homeowners should act now to protect their homes from stink bugs this winter.

Western experts point out that while early fall is when stink bugs begin seeking indoor shelter, many service calls come well into October after stink bugs have already invaded homes and businesses seeking overwintering sites.

Stink Bugs in Homes & Businesses

Overwintering
When the weather starts to cool around mid- to late-September or early October, the brown marmorated stink bug flies onto the exterior of homes and businesses seeking entrance to buildings to overwinter.

Stink bugs do not reproduce after they enter homes and businesses in the fall.

Activity
Instead, stink bugs remain relatively inactive inside these buildings until the weather warms and it is time to reemerge, typically from mid-April to mid-June.

Stinky odor aside, these pests are not indicative of poor sanitation and do not transmit disease to humans or pets.

Problems
While stink bugs do not pose a direct threat to humans, they can be a major nuisance if they find their way inside your home. Reduction is the best prevention for this pest.

Stink Bug Prevention

Exclusion
Late summer and early fall is the best time to safeguard your home from this invader. That’s why it’s important to seal any possible entry points and work with pest management professionals to perform stink bug control treatments before the cold weather arrives.

Common entry points for these smelly pests include small cracks and crevices around:

  • Air conditioning units
  • Chimneys
  • Attic vents
  • Door and window frames
  • Gaps or holes in the foundation

History of Stink Bugs

Name
Named for the unpleasant odor that is released when they sense danger or are crushed, brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) have spread rapidly since they first arrived in Allentown, PA, in the mid-1990’s.

Origin
Originally from Southeast Asia, the stink bug has quickly become a major nuisance throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.

To date, this species of stink bug is found in all states east of the Mississippi River.

Stink Bug Control
Western Pest Service experts offer six tips to help you reduce the effect of stink bugs:

  1. Seals: Use caulk and other sealant compounds to seal stink bug entry points such as cracks around windows, doors, siding and chimneys.
  2. Screens: Repair or replace damaged screens to prevent easy stink bug access.
  3. Weather Stripping: Install weather stripping and door sweeps to the windows and doors of your home.
  4. Vacuum: Use a vacuum to remove live and dead stink bugs that are already indoors. Avoid crushing the
    bug. When crushed, stink bugs emit a pungent odor that can remain in your home for hours. Use a vacuum that is “dedicated” to stink bug removal.
  5. Vegetation: When practical, remove vegetation from around the exterior of your home. Stink bugs will often
    use vegetation as staging sites and feeding sites prior to entering the home seeking places to
    overwintering.
  6. Professionals: Contact Western to get information on our stink bug reduction program. The most effective plan
    is to employ a stink bug control expert to deal with an infestation.

To help educate the public, Western Pest Services recently published an infographic covering the history and habits of the stink bug.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

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