The stink bug is a large oval shaped insect. They can grow as long as 2cm and their bodies are nearly the same width as the length of them. They do have wings when in adult form but these are very discreetly folded across their back when on the ground. Most of the bugs are green or brown but there are a few colorful species.
Unsurprisingly their name comes from the fact that these bugs can make a distinct odor and it’s not pleasant. It is believed this is a way of protecting themselves from predators.
Stink bugs generally feed on plants and can actually become a serious issue for farmers. There are a few types that prefer to eat insects but none that like the taste of humans.
However, this doesn’t mean they won’t come into your home where they are looking for somewhere warm to hibernate. You need to find out more about your local pest service if you think you have an issue.
They will make sure all the stink bugs are gone.
Keeping The Bugs Out
The stink bug starts to look for somewhere to hibernate at the end of the summer. During the fall they will move in and stay dormant for the winter; until the weather warms up.
You may not even know they are there.
But, in the spring, as the weather starts to warm; they will look for a way out. Unfortunately this is often into your home instead of back out the way they came. This is often when you’ll notice the smell that they emit.
Trying to deal with the stink bugs then really requires expert intervention. You can check your local pest control experts and find out more info here.
Of course, it is much simpler to keep them out in the first place; this means you need to take action before the fall.
- Inspect Your Walls
Like many bugs the easiest way for a stink bug to get into your hole is through a tiny crack in your walls or even a damaged ventilation panel.
Check all of them regularly to ensure there are no cracks. If you find any seal them immediately.
- Check Windows and Doors
No, your local stink bug doesn’t have a key to your house. However, the area round doors and windows is most prone to cracking. It’s essential you check these areas thoroughly and seal and gaps you find.
- Keep Lights Off
Stink bugs are attracted to lights; they generally sense the heat source and may even think it is the sun!
Keep your outside lights off unless needed; this will prevent the stink bugs from being encouraged to visit to your home.
- Remove Moisture
A stink bug requires moisture to live, just as we do. Eliminate any drips and standing water to help reduce the risk of attracting these pests and many other ones.
- Keep It Clean
Finally it is important to remove all food waste and clean your counter tops regularly. If there is no easily available food the stink bug is likely to move on to an easier target.