Like other pests, stink bugs often enter structures in larger numbers, making them a difficult pest to control once inside. Therefore, here are a few more simple ways to ward off these invaders before an infestation develops.
- Check your belongings: Inspect items such as boxes containing holiday decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Stink bugs can travel on these items and make themselves cozy once inside the home.
- Properly landscape: Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed. In addition, make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
- Think before squishing: When many people find a stink bug, their first instinct is to squish them. However, when disturbed or crushed, stink bugs have a tendency to release a bad-smelling, bad-tasting odor from pores on the sides of their bodies. This is how the pest earned its name.
- Use a vacuum: If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner for their removal. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area, as dead stink bugs leave a residue inside the bag that can stink up your home.
Remember that homes can be pre-treated for stink bugs before they become a problem, but if you’re concerned about stink bugs, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009.