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How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

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Are you discovering crawling or flying shield-shaped insects inside your home? Are they inching their way across your floor? Are they dive-bombing you from the dining room light fixtures? These pesky critters are called stink bugs--and for good reason. They emit an unpleasant odor in order to repel predators, and inside a home, they can be a nasty house guest.

Here are a few more things you should know about stink bugs:

  • Stink bugs can be found as far north as Quebec, but become more prevalent as you go further south.
  • Stink bugs feed on over 52 plants, including native and ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, weeds, and many cultivated crops. Some stink bug species will also feed on house plants.
  • Stink bug females deposit up to several hundred eggs at a time, usually in the month of June. Approximately 5 weeks elapse between the hatching of the eggs and the adult stage of stink bug.
  • Although these insects do not bite and do not have poisonous venom, the foul-smelling liquid they emit when threatened can cause severe allergic reactions if it comes into contact with a person's nose or eyes. It has even been known to cause eye damage.
  • Stink bugs are not good to have around, especially if you have small children in your home. Having their noxious-smelling liquid in your mouth can be quite traumatic.

How can you keep stink bugs out of your home?

Here are a few steps you can take to try to keep stink bugs from invading:

  • Stink bugs are attracted to light. If you leave exterior lights on, you can attract these bugs to your home. Consider leaving those lights off at night or replacing white bulbs with insect-resistant yellow bulbs.
  • Inspect and seal holes, gaps, and cracks in the outside of your home. Don't forget areas around utilities that enter the home, such as pipes and wires.
  • Make sure all your screens and door sweeps are in good repair.
  • Install screens on attic vents and your chimney.

How to get rid of stink bugs once they have taken root:

Unfortunately, once stink bugs have invaded, they can be very difficult to totally remove without professional help. Parkway Pest Services has been in business, helping people get rid of household pests, since 1932. That is a long time to gain insight and expertise on how to safely and effectively remove stink bugs, and a whole host of other pests. Get your defenses up today and start living without bugs. It is a lot nicer to live in a home that doesn't have bugs, especially bugs that stink.