What are stink bugs?
Brown marmorated stink bugs are part of the group of pests known as fall invaders.
Stink bugs are easy to recognize because of the triangular-shaped plates on their backs (earning them the nickname "shield bugs”).
These pests first arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996 and got their name from their ability to emit a foul smell from small glands located on their thorax when they feel threatened or are squished.
Adult stink bugs are less than 1 inch long, approximately 17mm and are almost as wide as they are long. They are generally different shades of brown and tan on their upper and lower bodies but can have patches of coppery or bluish-metallic on their head and pronotum.
Are stink bugs dangerous?
Stink bugs are a nuisance pest as they can gather in large numbers inside or outside your property. Luckily, they are not a threat to people or pets, nor do they reproduce indoors. Stink bugs can cause damage to agricultural and other farm crops and if vacuumed or squashed, their smell can be quite apparent.
Why do I have a stink bug problem?
You may have a stink bug problem during the fall as they are attracted to the warm, sunny side of structures and will find access to the inside of homes and commercial facilities utilizing cracks and crevices around windows and doors, under siding, and other areas. You may also encounter stink bugs again in the early spring when they become active again.
How do I get rid of stink bugs?
Stink bugs in and around your home are seeking places to harbor for the winter. We have found the most effective way to reduce the number of stink bugs is with a thorough crack and crevice treatment of stink bug hiding and overwintering spots. Check out our home pest protection services!
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Can I do it myself?
It is difficult to get rid of stink bugs on your own. It's important to take the time in order to get to the places where stink bugs overwinter. You should also take preventative measures for stink bugs and fall pests including caulking openings and entry points around your home, screening your fireplace, and weatherstripping doors.
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With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your stink bug problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive services, a serious commitment, and thorough treatments from our trained experts.
How do I prevent a future stink bug problem?
Stink bugs enter structures in the fall, looking for a warm place to spend the winter. They can be kept out of homes and buildings by sealing up typical entry points including cracks and crevices around window and door trim, window air conditioners, exhaust fans, outdoor faucets, and chimneys. If you have done this and you are still having problems with stink bugs, contact All American Pest Control today!