No Stinkin’ Way

Besides the temperatures dropping and the leaves changing colors, what’s one way you can tell fall is on its way? The arrival of stink bugs.

Known for their “smelly” reputation, stink bugs enter homes during cooler months to find a warm place to rest during winter. It’s true they pose no property or health risk, but they present an odoriferous problem if stepped on. So how do you stop and prevent a stink bug infestation?  Check out the steps below:

  1. Seal off entry points – Walk around your house and search for any openings, large or small. Seal any holes and cracks that you find using a quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. pest control services Acworth
  2. Repair and replace – Got a 1/2 inch hole in your screen door?  Replace it. Stink bugs and other insects can enter through the tiniest openings. Also be sure there are no openings in your weather-stripping or loose mortar.
  3. Reduce Moisture areas – We can’t stress how important this step is. Between mosquitoes and stink bugs there are a number of bugs attracted to standing water.
  4. Turn off the lights – Like moths, stink bugs are attracted to lights. Try to keep your outdoor lighting to a minimum. Bonus: you’ll save on your power bill as well.
  5. Properly landscape – Do your best to keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed. It prevents easy areas of transportation, hiding, and possible mating grounds.
  6. Think before you squish –  When left alone, a stink bug will not release their less-than-favorable odor. When disturbed or squished, they tend to release their foul odor from pores on the sides of their bodies (hence, the name stink bugs). Gently pick them up and place them outside to avoid their odor.

 

 

 

Fall Stinks! Georgia’s Stink Bug Problem

Fall smells are something we wait for all year. The cool crisp air, pumpkin scented candles and bonfires among many. But there’s one lingering smell we all dread; stink bugs. Yes, these little boogers still exist. Luckily, we know how to get them out.

Like us, pesky insects like stink bugs feast during the fall and prepare to find warmer areas for winter. So what do we do about it?

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  • Know what they look like. Their shape looks like that of a shield of armor, and they’re brown, tan or green in color.
  • Know the risks they carry. Many are unaware, but stink bugs can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. Click here for more info on consequences of stink bug contact.
  • Know where they come from. Although the smell stinks, it’s beneficial in the way that it’s easier to track them. They often come from even the tiniest of crevices, like baseboards, light fixtures and window frames.
  • Know how to avoid the problem. Fix problems before they occur so you lessen the risk of invasion. Fix cracks around windows and doors. Make sure screens don’t have gaps or tears, and fill any holes around the house with caulking. If you have a lot of leaves or other debris, keep it piled far from your house. Also keep it out of gutters and drains, and inspect your foundation regularly.

And as always, give us a call if the problem becomes too much! Protect All Pest Control has professionals that will fix you pest problem and educate you on the issue. Having problems with other pests this fall? Check out our other services as well.