Stink Bugs – even the name is unsavory. But just as you’re beginning to enjoy the longer and sunnier days of spring and summer so are the stink bugs. Here’s what you need to know about stink bugs and how to keep them out of your life!
Why Are They Called Stink Bugs?
Stink bugs are called stink bugs because, well, they stink. When you crush them or even scare them they emit a rather unpleasant odor as a way to deter people from smashing them or animals from eating them. While it’s certainly an admirable defense strategy, they can be quite the nuisance.
Stink Bugs: Get to Know the Enemy
You know the old saying about keeping your friends close but your enemies closer? Well, you can lump stink bugs into the enemy category here. They are brown with a body that acts as a hard shield for protection. They love to munch on vegetables, legumes, ornamental plants (much to your irritation!) and fruit trees. They’re nothing more than an annoyance to humans and their plants since they pose no danger to human health.
How You Can Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Here are a few strategies you can use to get those stinkin’ stink bugs out of your home and your life. You can:
- Suck them up with a vacuum if you notice them in your home.
- Use half gallon jugs with the top cut off and fill it with soapy water. Then, use a piece of cardboard or a tissue to gently push the bugs into the jug where they should promptly drown. It’s like Titanic for stink bugs.
- Check your weather stripping and fix any areas that can allow them in – also check caulking and repair as needed.
- Don’t use window air conditioners if you can help it – stink bugs easily penetrate these units to gain access to your abode.
- If you are able, move or plant your fruit trees, plants and vegetable gardens away from your home – this will keep them away from your house.
- Make an example of a stink bug and smash it outdoors – their odor, while unpleasant, will warn other stink bugs to stay away lest they face their own doom!
- Buy a stink bug trap and hang it outside your house.
- Dampen a towel and hang it outside overnight. In the morning, you will find stink bugs on the town where you can then perform one of the first two suggestions.
- You can try insecticides but be warned that most will not work on stink bugs (unless they specifically say they will) and that you should never, ever use then in the house.
- If you’ve tried other suggestions and still notice stink bugs sneaking into your home, look around in your attic. You may find some gaps or holes up there they are using to gain entrance.
It’s OK to laugh evilly as you do these things – stink bugs are really annoying! If you find that you can’t rid your home of stink bugs then it may be time to call in the experts at GreenArmy today!