A Homeowner’s Guide on How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs For Good
Stink bugs were originally not native to North America. They were actually an invasive species that were brought over to Pennsylvania in 1998 from Asia.
Have you had some stink bugs that have been invading your home? Or just got rid of an infestation and want to ensure they don’t come back?
Here are a few tips on how to keep these stinky bugs out of your home for good!
Get Rid of What They’re Attracted To
First, you’ll need to get rid of anything that attracts them. Sometimes these bugs seem to appear out of nowhere, but they’ve probably been there for a while and you’re just now noticing them.
These types of bugs love fruit, especially fruit that is ripe. Some people like to keep fruit on the countertops as a centerpiece or just a good snack, but this is actually like an invitation for a stink bug. After you remove the fruit from the counter, make sure that you also seal up any food that is in your pantry so that no bugs can find a way in.
In addition to good fruit, they also love weeds, vines, shrubs, and other native plants. When it comes to plants, they aren’t too picky and will eat just about anything, even parts of flowers. If you have a garden outside that has a lot of plants like these out there, you’re more prone to have the stink bugs find their way into your house.
Seal Off Any Way They Could Get In
Most stink bugs will find a way to get into your home through a tiny crack, but then they get confused and can’t find their way out. After a few stink bugs follow the others’ leads and start making your home theirs, then you’ll start to have problems of an infestation.
To avoid this, go outside and check carefully for any points where they might be able to enter. Look around the utility pipes and the siding of the home. Sometimes they’ll also enter in behind the chimney or underneath some wood sealings.
If you do find any holes or cracks, get some caulk or silicone to make sure that you seal them up.
Use Soapy Water
If you don’t want to use a lot of harmful chemicals to kill these bugs, try using soapy water instead!
Oddly enough (when a stink bug is threatened) or thinks they’re being threatened, they tend to just drop straight down in defense. Because of this, you can use this to your advantage.
Find a jar that has a wide mouth, and fill it with some soapy water. If you really want to make sure you kill them, you can mix in some vinegar as well. Put the jar beneath a stink bug, and then they’ll drop down right into it and drown.
If you don’t want to spend time looking for them and chasing them, you can also get a wide pan and do the same thing. Find a room that has more stink bugs, and just place the pan in there. Put a light over it so that they all are drawn to it.
Once they go onto the water, they’ll drown in the soap, meaning fewer bugs in your place.
Check Your Outdoor Lighting
We mentioned that they’re attracted to lighting, which is why you should also check your lights outside.
The more exterior light bulbs you have, the more it will act as a lighthouse for homeless bugs. If you don’t want to remove all the lights, you could switch them out for different bulbs.
If you have yellow bulbs, install sodium-vapor lights instead. For some reason, these have shown to not attract as many bugs.
At night, make sure that you close all your blinds and try to keep as much inside light as possible inside rather than out.
Rent a Shop Vac
If the soapy water doesn’t work, you can try using a vacuum or a shop vac to get rid of them.
When most people encounter a bug in their home, their first instinct is to squish it to kill it. But you should avoid doing this for stink bugs because this is where they get their name from.
When you crush them, they release an odor from their pores that smells badly. So instead of squishing them, try vacuuming them up so you can get rid of them.
Once you vacuum the bugs up, make sure that you seal the bag and throw it away as soon as possible. Some stink bugs have actually escaped from vacuum bags before, which will make it that much harder to get your infestation under control.
If you don’t want to deal with emptying your vacuum bag each time, you could also tie a sock around the hose of the vacuum. Secure it with a rubber band, and then use the suction power of the vacuum to trap the stink bugs against the sock.
Once you have them on there, drop them into a pan of soapy water to kill them.
If none of this works, you can also try calling Affinitypestcontrol.com for some professional assistance.
Learn More About How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
These are only a few ways to get rid of stink bugs, but there are many more things you can try as well.
We know that dealing with any pest infestation can be stressful and overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone.
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