Have you seen big green or brown bugs crawling on the walls or around the windows in your homes? And if, by not knowing, you step on them to only realize how stink they can be, then you are dealing with stink bugs. Of course, you do not want these bugs in your home, but what are the proper ways to get rid of them. In this article, we will talk about exactly that – how to get rid of stink bugs.
What Are Stink Bugs?
Pentatomoidea, the scientific name of stink bugs is derived from the fact that their antenna is divided into 5 different segments. They are triangle-shaped insects with a protective exterior (which also gets them the name shield bugs) with the most common one having a distinct brown color with small variations. Their body is broad and can reach up to almost an inch long.
The first documented sighting of the stink bug in the United States was in 1998 in Pennsylvania, but the bug itself is said to have an Asian origin. It is widely believed the bug hitched a ride from Asia and found conditions suitable that led to its infestation in most of the US and up to Canada for that matter.
What Stink Bugs Look Like
An adult stink bug is almost 25mm (almost an inch) long with the most common color being the brown most people know. Their body is wide and is sometimes described as having the shape of a shield with their width almost matching their length. They have a distinctive antenna that is lined with dark bands making them easily identifiable from other similar bugs.
Stink bug eggs are almost as square with a dimension of 1.3 mm by 1.6mm. They have a bright yellow and sometimes yellow-red color, and are laid on the bottom side of leaves up to 30 eggs at a time. The eggs when hatched bring forth tiny red and black nymphs that go through five different stages of molting before reaching adulthood.
What Stink Bugs Feed On
Stink bugs are voracious fruit and plant eaters, among its favorite hunting prey includes peaches, figs, mulberries, apples, persimmons and citrus fruits.
It effect on apple is particularly devastating as it practically brands it and what is known as “cat facing” making it completely unmarketable.
This insect is fast developing as one of the most important pests, with reports that it also damages soybeans, sweet corn and blackberry, tomatoes and green peppers in several states.
Do Stink Bugs Bite?
One of the most hotly debated matters then it comes to sink bugs is whether or not they bite human beings. Coupled with their voracious appetite for damaging fruits, plants and even weeds, stink bugs are said to also attack and consume other smaller insects.
They are a serious threat to farmers produce, but they actually don’t bite people. Their huge size and their horrible reputation when it comes to damaging plants is what drives the narrative that they indeed bite people when they come in contact with them.
Even though they don’t actually bite, stink bugs can be a real nuisance to people as they constantly try to stage home invasions by exploiting any cracks and openings they find. When they are spotted most people try to vacuum them out or shoo them away, this is when the bug kicks into its defensive mechanism as it releases a terribly awful smell. The odor is so bad that it may leave your vacuum cleaner tainted for a long time, this is where its “stink” name originates from. So they might not bite you, but they stink so bad you might wish they only bit you.
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs by Removing Them
Checking stink bugs to prevent rampant infestation can be a challenging task, as they have an uncanny ability to exploit the slightest chances to invade your residence and pollute it with their terrible odor. The following are simple steps you can use to check its spread
Seal all tiny cracks around your residence, from doors, to tiny holes in your attic, make sure you leave no breaching point unattended.
Replace broken window panes as they will only invite the bugs in a very big way
In the early mornings, stink bugs are rather slow when moving, this is a time you could actually pick them up and physically throw away.
Vacuum the rest when spotted and make sure you throw away the bag afterwards
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs by Killing Them
One of the easiest ways to keep stink bugs from making your home uninhabitable is to use insecticide to kill them whenever spotted. Sometimes in our attempt to catch them we only trigger their awful odor response which is what we are trying to avoid in the first place. Using insecticide will stun them instantly and make them fall before they are able to spray us back with their stinky gas.
If the stink bug gets into your attic or falls through wall voids, it is rather advised to use insecticidal dust treatment instead, which will kill many other pest bugs as well. If you have allergy problems when it comes to aerosol, or you simply prefer not to use them in your home for any reason.
Using Detergent Solution
If you don’t want to use aerosol and dust treatment insecticides, an innovative alternative is to use a solution of water mixed with detergent on the menacing bugs. When sprayed with this solution, the stink bug’s shield gets penetrated by it and almost instantly kills them. It may take you much time but this is a very cheap and result yielding way to kill stink bugs.
Stink bugs if left to its vice will make your home an embarrassing place to entertain visitors and an almost impossible place to live in. Whenever you see one and don’t have any of the above listed control and elimination tools, don’t take the chance of losing sight of the bug, rather squash it to pieces immediately by stamping on it for example.
Call an Exterminator
If the invasion of your premises is of very large scale, then perhaps it is time to call in the professionals and let them handle it, because they know exactly what to look out for. A competent exterminator will not only eliminate all the bugs in your home but they will also help you prevent future re-occurrence by sealing every possible means they might use in making a come-back.