Say No to Stink Bugs

stink bug exterminationMany of the pests we battle pose actual health and safety risks for your family, from salmonella-carrying roaches to rats and mice infected with hantavirus. And then there are the pests that, while not dangerous, are nevertheless extremely annoying. As temperatures drop here in the north Atlanta suburbs, you may see more and more of one particularly annoying pest, the brown marmorated stink bug.

How to spot stink bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species from Asia and is easy to spot thanks to its shield-shaped body and mottled brown color. These pests first arrived in the U.S. fairly recently, in 1996, yet can now be found in over 40 states, causing millions of dollars worth of loss in the agricultural industry every year. So what makes them so annoying as house pests? When threatened, they emit an awful smell. Think stomping them will do the trick? Think again. Crushing them also releases the unpleasant odor.

5 tips for preventing a stink bug infestation

Stink bugs need to find a warm place to spend the winter, and your home provides the perfect environment, especially secluded spots like the attic or basement. To keep these stinky home invaders at bay, check out these tips for preventing a stink bug infestation in your home.

  • Use yellow bulbs in outdoor light fixtures. Stink bugs are attracted to light, but yellow bulbs seem to decrease their attraction.
  • Examine window and door screens for holes and repair if necessary. Look for other possible entry points around siding, utilities, and any other cracks and crevices and seal with caulk.
  • If bringing anything outdoors into your home, look it over first to make sure there are no stowaways.
  • Stink bug infestations can be pre-treated, so schedule pest control preemptively.
  • If stink bugs do find their way into your home, use your vacuum attachment to remove them, then throw the bag away in the outside trash to keep the odor from leaking out.
  • Contact an exterminator right away to treat your home before the infestation gets out of control.

If you’re seeing stink bugs or other pests in your home, call us ASAP for treatment! And if you don’t have pests in your home, keep it that way by scheduling regular pest control treatments from Protect All Pest Control. We are happy to provide pest control services in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north Atlanta area.

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Comments

  1. Had no idea stink bugs migrated to the US so recently– you’d never think, given how pervasive and commonplace they are now.

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