All About Stink Bugs

The not so lovely Stink Bug! Squish one and you quickly learn how they got their name. Despite their unfortunate stench and uncanny ability to find their way indoors, these pests are relatively harmless to humans. Aside from wreaking havoc on plants, they’re unlikely to do anything other than gross you out.

How to Identify a Stink Bug

Stink bugs have a distinct shield shape. Their coloring is typically brown or grey. They have six legs and two antennae. True to their name, stink bugs give off an unpleasant odor as a defense mechanism or when crushed.

What Causes a Stink Bug Problem

More often than not, stink bugs wind up in your home as a result of their attempt to find warmth. They can be attracted to your home by the lights and release a pheromone to attract other stink bugs. Once they’ve found a warm shelter, they are likely to enter from small cracks, gaps and holes in foundations, windows and door frames or tears in window screens. They can also make an entrance out of attics, soffits and siding gaps.

How to Prevent Stink Bugs

The best way to prevent stink bugs is to avoid giving them a way into your home. You can achieve this by patching up any holes and gaps in the above listed places. If a problem persists, contact your local trusted pest control experts.

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