It’s not often that you find something that truly reflects its name. We’re talking about stink bugs. You’ve heard about them, seen them, and maybe even caught a whiff of their not-so-pleasant scent. This is especially true when they hunker down with their friends in your home during the fall and winter months. Houses that are not properly sealed are popular hits for these pests. Once inside, they look for any place they can hide in cracks and crevices.
Although stink bugs don’t sting, bite, or cause safety concerns, they can become a real problem—sending out a pungent odor that lingers on for days at a time. Should you see one in your home, resist the urge to stomp or crush it. This only releases the stink, making the situation worse. Instead, grab it gently with a plastic bag and return it to the great outdoors.
A Few Tips on How to Fight the Invasion of Stink Bugs
Place screenings over the chimney and attic vents. You should also check to ensure that gable, soffit, and ridge vents are adequately screened to keep stink bugs and other pests out of the home.
Add Door Sweeps
Door sweeps help keep the stinky intruder on the run—outside that is. If you don’t have them, add them. You may even find your heating and cooling bill lower.
Replace and Repair
When window and door screens become damaged, schedule time to replace or repair them. This goes for torn weather stripping and loose mortar, too.
Use Steel Wool
Steel wool is a great resource to keep on hand for odd jobs around the house. Stuff some into openings where screenings cannot be used, such as around pipe penetrations. It’s a simple solution that stink bugs can’t pass through.
Check for Leaks and Clogs
Reducing moisture issues from leaking pipes and clogged drains can reduce the number of all kinds of insect infestations.
Manage Your Landscape
Leave no resting sites for stink bugs around your house. Tree bark mulch and sheltered places are prime zones for them to congregate. Have a pest control service treat these areas, keeping them insect-free.
Weekly vacuuming can help rid your rooms of stink bugs. After you do, toss the vacuum bag or immediately soak it in hot, soapy water to prevent odors from stinking up your home.
Hire a Professional
If you want your best chance of eliminating stink bugs and other pests, hire a professional pest control service to take care of them for you.
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