Fall is officially here. In addition to crisp weather, football and pumpkin spice everything, comes comes a surge of stink bugs. PEE-YEW! You don't want to come in contact with this foul pest. In addition to a terrible smell, the bug is destroying millions of dollars of crops and invading homes.
The stink bug emits a foul odor through holes in its abdomen. This is a very effective defense mechanism - no one wants to eat them! As a result, they have spread from one state to over 41.
Originally from Asia, stink bugs don’t pose a danger to humans, but they are responsible for millions of dollars in agricultural losses each year. Wine grapes are also being attacked and some vinyards and growers have been wiped out.
In addition to destroying crops, this nasty bug comes into homes to avoid cold winter weather.
The National Pest Management Association offers the following tips to prevent stink bugs from taking over your home:
- Fix damaged screens on windows and doors and inspect the outside of your home for access points. Pay close attention to areas around siding and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia or other openings. Seal any cracks and holes using a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk.
- Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum or change to yellow bulbs, which are less attractive.
- Inspect items such as boxes containing holiday decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Stink bugs can travel on these items and make themselves cozy once inside the home.
- If stink bugs get inside, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them and discard the bag quickly to prevent the odor from spreading.
If you suspect an infestation has already developed, contact a pest professional to evaluate and assess the severity of the problem.