How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are nuisances that will invade homes looking for shelter. Learn how to get rid of stink bugs by using the right products at the right time.
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Have small, shield-shaped bugs flown into your house and emitted a gross odor? These insects are called stink bugs because they possess a gland that releases an odor as a means of self-defense. There's nothing like a good dose of “stink” to protect yourself from being eaten by a bird or lizard.
Exterior insecticide treatments applied to the west and south-facing sides of homes will provide some relief if used properly. The most popular professional product for stink bug control is Talstar Pro. Mix one (1) ounce of the concentrate to one gallon of water. Apply with a pump sprayer. Be sure to close down the nozzle so the material comes out in a fine, fan spray. You do not need to apply it to the point that it is running down the sides of the house. That's too much product. Treat the sides and pay special attention to window and door frames.
A more expensive product, but one that lasts longer in sun and rain and provides even more effective control, is Suspend Polyzone. This is the latest and greatest and it is said to last up to 90 days in outdoor conditions.
Remember to always read the product label. If you are uncomfortable applying pesticides or lack the proper equipment you might consider having a licensed pest control operator apply the materials. When applied per label this product will not harm children or pets.
Exclusion is the key to avoiding stink bug invasions. Sealing your house by closing doors and windows will help keep them out of your home. If there are cracks in your siding, windows, doors, utility pipes, behind chimneys, or other openings, good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk will help stop stink bug entry. I really like the exclusion product Xcluder. It is easy and inexpensive to use. It does a great job of stuffing cracks and crevices and it won't break down when exposed to rain or snow.
For stink bugs that have amassed on walls and ceilings you can just vacuum them up. If they are in the attic you can use foggers or "bombs", as they are popularly known. But, pesticide "bombs" work best on exposed insects, rather than insects hiding deep in cracks. Readily available aerosol-type pyrethrum foggers like PT 565 Plus XLO will knock them down, but the treatment will not prevent more stink bugs from emerging shortly afterwards. You would do a lot better simply doing a thorough inspection and using a vacuum to collect the bugs. Nuvan ProStrips are great for controlling stink bugs in enclosed attic spaces, slowly releasing a vapor over a four week period that keeps on killing them.
Replace ripped window and door screens and install screens on attic vents. Inspect entries to crawl spaces to make sure they are properly sealed.
Although stink bugs are primarily pests of crop fields, they can be found in meadows, fields, yards, or gardens and especially those with low shrubs. They are known to infest up to 70 different ornamental plants. Stink bugs are most active from spring through fall, but they usually become house invaders at the beginning of fall when temperatures start to drop. They sometimes hibernate on the outside of some south-facing buildings for warmth, but usually over winter in protected areas under dead weeds, stones, in the bark of trees or in your house.
Here's the part I know you will hate hearing. You just spent a ton of money installing outdoor lighting to make your home look warm and inviting. Or, you added lighting as a security measure. Well, these the stink bug is attracted to light. So, now your house is a beacon that shouts “Come to me all ye bugs looking for a home.” They are drawn to lights coming from your windows, too. I can't ask you to shutter your windows at night, but closing the shades will help. You may want to consider placing sticky glue board traps along window sills. The glue traps won't trap all the stink bugs, but it may help.
When stink bugs get into your home they often hide in dark attic spaces. Placing an insect light trap in these spaces will attract and capture some of the bugs. It won't eliminate them totally, but anything that helps in the stink bug fight needs to be mentioned.
If your home becomes infested, be wary before sucking stink bugs into the vacuum cleaner. Squashing them or vacuuming them will usually make the smell worse. Wear gloves if you need to handle stink bugs because their unique beaks are fully capable of biting humans. Although stink bug bites are not harmful, you will feel something similar to a sharp pinprick if you are bitten. Not fun!
Once your home has been invaded by stink bugs it is very likely you will see the bugs during the winter months. As outside temperatures drop, stink bugs move away from cold exterior walls and towards warmer interior walls. Often, they emerge inside your living spaces. If that happens you should consider treating the attic rafters. You'll need a good flashlight and an extension mirror to locate all stink bug hiding places.
Okay! You are armed with just enough information to do battle. Go out and fight a good fight!
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Also look up the Bugzooka. I've found once they get inside that's easier to get rid of them than sprays or soapy water. It also contains any smell. You can put spray or poison in the container to kill them after you suck them up.
Most of all try to seal up cracks where they get in. The rooms you find them most are where they're probably getting in. If you find a crack you can use painter's tape temporarily until you can get it sealed better. A lot get in through window air conditioners, and down chimneys if you don't have chimney dampers. If you have an attic, it's hard to seal that up completely so look for how they might get in from the attic. Look around vents, access panels and recessed ceiling lights for any gaps or holes.
Good luck in this war! I'm in Maryland and it's my third year. Between sealing everything better and nearby farms now using pesticides on them I've gone from finding 20 a day indoors to about one a week. Things do get better!
02 Oct 2012, 17:01
Back to running in house to avoid SB fly-ins and checking car before I drive off...nothing worse than going down highway and see stinkbug on dashboard.
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Remember to close all vents in the woodstove! They come down the chimney, better than Santa does! I usually burn a bunch with the first fire of the season:)
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1: Will electric "zapper" cause the stink to be released?
2: One bright spot on the war against stink bugs is their torpor. Usually, when I spot one in my home or office I arm myself with a tissue or napkin and walk up to it and I pick it up, enclosing it loosely in the paper. I then flush it down the toilet.
01 Apr 2013, 18:28
Kathy -- as the weather warms, they're going to come out of their hiding places and try to get outside. They head toward light, so you'll see them on the windows trying to get out, or at night flying clumsily around your lights.
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27 Sep 2013, 08:50
If you guys use window a/c's please use duct tape all around the sides of the unit, underneath and where the opening is between both the windows, this is guaranteed to keep them from getting indoors through your units.
Any tips on ways that I can repell this bug, that really does work, please let me know. I will try anything.
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We use it all of the time and because I am so scared of bugs and have a real bug phobia, that calms me down considerably. They are easy to use and quite inexpensive. You can get them at Amazon or many other retailers. Also using a power washer with insecticide has worked wonders for us because we do not have a large ladder and we have a 3 story townhouse where the ground floor is the garage..that helps a lot to spray the house and also each year, we improve on how we seal off the house and how we are more careful about shutting the blinds and keeping the lights off.
I am absolutely crazy when it comes to turning off lights and only turning on lights when absolutely necessary..but wow it helps and cuts down on the electric bill too..so that is great. The biggest thing is I do not want them anywhere in my bedroom so I only turn on a light in the bedroom for a short time and as little as possible, that works great.
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12 Oct 2013, 21:26
Maybe they're moving west, or are getting killed off? Somebody above said Pittsburgh was bad. All I can say is have hope, it will get better.
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But we never one until September 29th and then very few overall in our region. And the weather has been unseasonably warm too..even hot for early October. However friends in WV and VA said they really got a lot for about a week but overall fewer than last year too..but considerably more than we got in PA
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