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As the temperatures begin to drop, now is a good time to pest proofing the home, both inside and out, to prevent stink bugs and other pests from becoming unwelcome house guests this fall.

Over the next few posts I’ll offer some simple steps that you can take right now to keep stink bugs at bay:

1. Seal off entry points: Spend some time inspecting the outside of your home for easy access points. Pay close attention to areas including around siding and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia or other openings. Seal any cracks and holes that are found using a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk.

2. Replace and repair: Stink bugs can enter the home through the smallest openings, so it’s important to repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors. Don’t forget to check for torn weather-stripping and loose mortar. You can also install door sweeps if necessary.

3. Turn off the lights: Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum. During the evenings, turn off porch lights and pull down window blinds to prevent light from spilling outside.

If you’re concerned about stink bugs around your home or place of business, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009.