Stink bugs venture indoors when temperatures outside dip. This time of year is perfect for infestations. While stink bugs do not cause as many concerns as other pests, they unequivocally cause concern when they find their way to your property. Keep them out of your hair and off your property when it’s cold outside with the information provided here.
True to their name, stink bugs stink but only if they’re squished. Since they enjoy hanging out near light fixtures, they often die there and emit that horrible odor throughout the home. Many times pets chase and eat the bugs, also causing that bad odor to fill the home.
Why Do Stink Bugs Stink?
Legit question. Do stink bugs emit odor because they need a shower? New deodorant? Prone to B.O.? The answer is none of those options, of course. They stink because it’s their defense mechanism against other creatures out to harm them. It’s kind of like how a skunk sprays to keep predators and potential danger away. The actual scent varies from bug to bug and from person to person, although most describe the odor as having a herbs and spice smell, particularly cilantro or colander.
How Do They Get Inside The House?
Like other pests, stink bugs are sneaky creatures. They also have a slim, flat body shape which allows easy access through crevices, door cracks, holes in the wall, and other non-conspicuous areas of the home. They often come inside the home in groups, making infestations quick and easy.
Porch lights oftentimes cause these bugs to gravitate toward the home. They’re fond of lights, though they inch their way on into the home once they arrive. Turn off porch lights when they’re not in use to help prevent them from infiltrating your home/property.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?
Fortunately, these bugs don’t bite or carry disease, so they’re less risky than pests like cockroaches or bed bugs. The pest can cause other concerns. However, increasing the importance of contacting a professional pest control service if you suspect or notice a stink bug infestation.
- Stink bugs often die in or near light fixtures, creating a terrible odor throughout the home.
- Can damage food items.
Who wants to see flying insects in the home or in the garden destroying the fruits of their labor? Stink bugs certainly bring their own dangers once they get to your property.
Signs Of A Stink Bug Infestation
Learn more about the signs of a stink bug infestation so you can take action at the first sign of trouble. Signs of a Stink bug infestation include:
- Damage to outdoor plants and crops.
- Annoying flying insects in the home.
- Bad odor emitting through the home.
How To Prevent Stink Bug Infestations
Prevent these pests before they become problematic with the following quick and easy tips. Preventing stink bugs saves headaches, hassle, and plenty of time and money.
- Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum/off when it isn’t needed to keep stink bugs away.
- Step on any stink bug you find outdoors. The scent the bug emits will serve as a warning to other bugs to stay away.
- Rub dryer sheets on the windows to help repel stink bugs.
- Fix leaky pipes to reduce moisture which attracts bugs.
- Use caulk to seal up holes outside of the house.
If stink bugs affect your home and living conditions and you need help getting rid of them, Southern Pride Pest Control is one call away. We offer modernized treatments provided by certified pest experts that care about your needs. Get an estimate or schedule service today.
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