As Atlanta exterminators, we have handled practically all types of insects and pests that are commonly found in the Peach State. We offer both residential and commercial pest control services that are effective and environmentally friendly.The brown marmorated stink bug is a menace primarily to crops and fruits, but as the weather cools, they often invade homes and buildings in search of a warm winter environment. Learning more about the stink bug can better help you identify and prevent them from entering your home.
Native to Asia, stink bugs were first identified in the United States in the mid-1990s. To date, they can be found in 36 states as well as in the District of Columbia. Stink bugs are considered a pest by agricultural land owners as they infest commercial fruit and vegetable crops in huge numbers. Adult stink bugs are mostly mottled brown, have six legs and triangular-shaped bodies with alternating light and dark bands. They can be brown, gray or dark green and have wings. They are typically the size of a dime, or roughly 14 to 17 millimeters.
They eat leaves, flowers, fruit and crops similar to soybeans.
When crushed or disturbed, they emit a strong, offensive odor that earned them their name. They do not pose a threat to small children or pets, however, they typically invade houses and buildings in hordes. Once they get inside a structure, it can be difficult to get rid of them because of their large numbers.
When Could Stink Bugs Come Inside Your Home?
It’s common for stink bugs to enter your home around the colder months in the fall. They are usually seeking warmer shelter from the outdoors. It’s likely that stink bugs will spend the winter time hiding behind walls in homes. They crave warmth, so it’s common for them to stay on your windows seeking sunlight. They usually reappear in the spring if they spent the winter in your home, and will try to get back outside when it becomes warm again.
How to Keep Stink Bugs Out of Your Home
The most important prevention method for keeping stink bugs out of your home is to make sure your house is well-sealed. Be especially mindful of areas where small cracks can give access to stink bugs and other small pests (around utility pipes, behind chimneys, etc.). Close off any cracks you find with high-quality silicone-latex caulk. Replace or repair all damaged door and window screens and install door sweeps. Stink bugs are attracted to light, so remember to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum. Eliminate moisture sites around your house (leaks and clogged drains) and make sure your garbage cans are well-sealed.
Clean your kitchen counter regularly to eliminate crumbs or any spill residue.Ventilate the areas in your house where stink bugs can gather (basement, attic, crawl spaces, etc.). Keep in mind that humid conditions encourage bug reproduction, so consider placing a dehumidifier in these areas if humidity is a problem. If you see a stink bug in your home vacuum it up and throw the bag away as soon as possible. It is easiest to eliminate stink bugs in the early morning when they are slow moving.
Call us right away if you think you have a stink bug problem or if you are having trouble with other types of insects and pests. As a reliable Atlanta bug control company, we offer a wide range of pest control services, including infrared inspections, pest control insulation and pest and termite inspections.