Stink Bugs Will Soon Invade Your Home
As a Maryland resident, you’re probably very familiar with the stink bug. They’re everywhere! Even worse, it seems impossible to get rid of them. The fall has been very mild this year. Although this is great for outdoor activities, it’s bad for your looming stink bug infestation this winter.
A Long Feeding Season
Stink bugs thrive in warm weather, which is why they come inside your home during the winter. You may have noticed that there are fewer stinkbugs inside your home right now, compared to the same time last year. The reason is that stink bugs are still outside, feasting on plants and reproducing. But they will soon be inside your home, entering through any crack they can find. University of Maryland Entomologist Michael Raupp said, “They are coming to find a place to chill out, lower their metabolism, survive the winter, then get up and get back outside.” This process is known as “overwintering.”
If it makes you feel any better, know you’re not alone. According to Raupp, there are “literally trillions and billions of stinkbugs nationwide.”
Prepare Your Home For Stink Bugs
Because the weather is still warm, stink bugs haven’t begun their mass migration into your home, meaning you still have time to prepare. When preparing for stink bugs, take the following precautions around your home.
- Seal all Cracks Around Your Home – If there’s an entryway, seal it as tight as a car door. You can use caulk to seal any cracks around your doors and windows. Remember, stink bugs are small so if there’s a crack, they’ll likely be able to fit through it.
- Use Screens If a Hole is Too Big to be Sealed – Vents and crawl spaces can be covered with screens. Additionally, make sure your window screens are properly installed, and are not torn.
- Use Weather Stripping – This can help sure up any gaps in your exterior doors.
If the bugs are in your home, a small bottle of soapy water can be an effective trap.
You should not squash the bugs like you would other bugs. Crushing stink bugs can cause them to emit the odor that they are infamous for. You should instead vacuum the bugs. If you’re feeling ambitious, the bugs can then be frozen for a compost.
The best way to ensure your home is pest-proof is to call a team of professionals, such as those at BUGOUT. BUGOUT has over 30 years of experience providing pest control services, and there are no term commitments required for your pest control service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help keeping pests out of your home this winter.