Presence of Stink Bugs on The Rise

Pest Control Woodstock GAYou may have seen them crawling outside your home or even worse, you may have smelled them.

Stink bugs are finding a new home in the Woodstock and surrounding areas. The bad news is that the infestation of these pests is already worse than last year according to professional pest control companies.

Right now they’re outside on plants and basking in the sun. However, the cooler the temperature gets, the more they’ll want to warm up inside your walls and even the living room. Heavy rain from the summer kept the plants that feed stink bugs very healthy. Now that it’s colder, a larger bug population will be making a beeline to get inside your house.

The brown marmorated stink bug was originally found in East Asia, stink bugs were not even reported in the United States until the late 1990’s. They are only now moving in to the Georgia area migrating south from the northeastern United States in just the last ten years.

They get their name because of the release an unpleasant odor when you crush them or when they are protecting their homes. has been migrating farther south every year. It’s fingernail sized with stripes on its antenna. You’ll see them on bushes and plants now. Soon they could be in your walls, creeping in vents, window cracks and door sweeps.

As the temperatures begin to drop, you will be seeing stink bugs try to make more a push inside homes and other structures. Despite their name, you’re much more likely to actually see a stink bug than to smell it. The scent comes when they’re distressed or scared. Like a skunk, it’s their natural defense. But what do they smell like?

It’s just a bitter odor. It doesn’t smell like anything in particular. The best way to get rid of them is a good defense. Seal doors, air vents and windows, and calling a pest control service.

Protect All Pest Control is prepared to handle stink bugs or any other pest control service you may need in your home. Our service area is based in Woodstock but also includes all of north metro Atlanta including Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton, and surrounding areas. To schedule your consultation call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.


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