Stink bugs are those pests that can sometimes enter your home but you aren’t aware of what they are, what they want, or how they got inside. All you know is that you want them out and you’re ready to do everything possible to get rid of them.
But how do you keep pests away when you don’t even know how or why they got inside in the first place. The thing about stink bugs is that while flies, mosquitoes, and other creepy-crawlies are usually packing up for the winter, they’re just getting started on annoying you and your family.
The colder months usually bring out the stink bugs and while they aren’t particularly dangerous creatures nor do they pose any kind of risk for property damage, your greatest concern is the smell. There’s a very good reason why they’re called stink bugs and it has to do with their odor. Even more of a problem, if you see one stink bug inside your home, there are quite possibly tens if not hundreds also lurking about, skittering around, and making overall nuisances of themselves from the start.
You can take some steps for ridding your home of these pests but particularly large infestations may require home pest control chattanooga.
Think Before You Step
If you have a stink bug problem in your home, your first inclination may be to step on it like you would any other cockroach or ant that is crawling across the floor of your kitchen or living room. But you may want to think twice about doing this as a stink bug emits a strong foul aroma when it gets squished. This is a smell that lingers, that is so pungent you can practically taste it, and it lingers. Don’t rely on a ceiling fan or an air freshener in an aerosol can to eradicate it from your home.
Close Up Your Home
The best way to get rid of a stink bug is to keep it from getting inside at the start. That means locating and sealing off all the major entry points in and out of your house so they can’t enter. This is a task that may take some time, but trust me, it is time well spent. Start looking in the obvious places like gaps or cracks in walls, next to doors or window frames, and even in the windows themselves.
As you perform your inspection, check near your siding, around pipes and chimneys, under your wood fascia, and doors. The thing about stink bugs is they can get in through just about any size hole or crack. Get some caulk or silicone to seal up those tiny cracks and fractures and you’ll make a real difference in the number of stink bugs that sneak inside.
Take Care to Repair
Some of the places where stink bugs get in might be overlooked because they’re almost too obvious. But these are things that you probably should have addressed ages ago and now that you’ve got a pest problem, the time has come to turn your attention to these issues.
We’re talking about the simple stuff, a torn window screen, old and worn out weather-stripping, even a cracked window pane. These are all viable access points for stink bugs (and potentially more types of annoying pests) and it’s up to you to rescind the standing invitation this disrepair presents.
Check Your Lights
Your outdoor lighting may be sending a beacon to stink bugs as a haven for food and shelter. But your outdoor lights are also providing you and your family with proper illumination to improve visibility at night, scare off intruders, and increase curb appeal. Yet while your lights are serving a very useful and important purpose for your home, the stink bugs are absolutely mesmerized by all of it. Lights can act as magnets to stink bugs and your choice of lighting can have an impact on getting rid of them and preventing them from coming back.
But lighting is important, so think about the type of bulb you install to ward off those stinkers. Don’t go with a bright white option which is most common. Opt instead for a tinted bulb color, something yellow or pink will be able to provide plenty of lighting for the outside of your home while reducing the number of stink bugs who are attracted to the light of the bulbs.
Consider putting in a high-pressure sodium vapor bulb or halogen lighting to drastically reduce the number of pests that come calling in the evening.