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Stink Bug

Stink Bug Pest Control

Stink bugs – it’s all in the name, isn’t it? No one wants a pest infestation of any kind, but stink bugs seem to add insult to injury with their offensive emissions. If you suspect you may have a stink bug infestation, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn as soon as possible!

We pride ourselves on our friendly, professional service and our quick response. All of our technicians are fully background tested and versed in social distancing protocols for your safety.

Stink Bug Facts

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What Is a Stink Bug?

Stink bugs are small insects – about 12-17 mm long. They are a mottled brown color with dark bands on their front wings and straight antennae with light brown bands. They are most known recognizable by their body shape, which is shaped like a shield, and their piercing, sucking mouths. 

Stink bugs are vegetarians and tend to eat: 

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Lima beans
  • Green peppers 

They are often an agricultural pest and like to munch on the farmer’s crops. But as the weather cools, they tend to gather on homes to keep warm. If you have an infestation, they’ll likely spend the winter in the walls and then emerge come spring when it gets warmer. It’s important to act early if you suspect you may have a stink bug infestation – it’s much easier to prevent them from getting in the house than it is to get rid of them.

 

Red and Black Stink Bug

Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?

 

Stink bugs are more of a nuisance than a threat. They can munch their way through your houseplants, damage your fruit trees and gardens, but they do not typically bite people and they do not spread disease.

That being said, they are called stink bugs for a reason. Glands between their legs emit a smell that gets much stronger once you smash them. When they’re inside and trying to get warm, they often die in light fixtures which can fill the room with a terrible odor. They also swarm, meaning they crawl on walls and fly around ceilings in large numbers which is very disturbing for most people.

Kudzu Bug on a leaf.

Common Types of Stink Bug

 

There are generally two types of stink bug that invade homes and businesses – the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and the kudzu bug. Both types of stink bug can be terrible pests when they’re looking for overwintering sites as the weather gets cooler. That’s why our treatments focus on techniques and pest control solutions that control the existing population and prevent them from getting inside next season.

What to do if you have a Stink Bug problem?

 

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We Can Help

At West Termite, Pest & Lawn, our technicians are trained to manage stink bugs and other pests. Every home and infestation is different, so your technician will work with you to custom design a plan for your circumstances.
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Stink Bug Remedies

Typically, the best pest control option for stink bugs is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. To prevent them from choosing your home as their overwintering site, we recommend sealing all the cracks in your home bigger than ⅛ inch wide. You should also screen your vents or repair existing screens, gable your vents, windows, and doors, and install door sweeps.

    For an existing bug problem, we will apply chemical products around possible entry points to deter and kill any stray bugs. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to reapply the chemical deterrent more frequently – especially if you are dealing with large scale numbersYou can also set up traps, but these are best used for a few bugs in your home as opposed to a full-scale infestation.

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    If you see more than one or two stink bugs in your home, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn immediately. Once they settle in to overwinter, stink bugs are very difficult to fully oust.