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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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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01 Oct 2013, 02:40
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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13 Oct 2013, 00:02
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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I have a big garden with over 150 Japanese Maples. I hope these stinkers stick to fruit plants and skip the ornamentals. These things are gross. And I had no idea that they bite but now I understand why my 3 yr old has a big big bite on his thigh.
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Guess not. I like the idea above of an aerosol bomb in the attic. I'll wait until December or so when they're all tucked away and let it rip.
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26 Sep 2014, 20:33
Thus year is worse than ever! There are litterally thousand on the the south side of my house. If I stand in my back yard they swarm like bees bouncing off every part of my body.
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28 Sep 2014, 16:35
Lol Dawn I feel your pain, we pretty much go by the same rules here, no windows open and get in the door asap. I have actually put duct tape around all the screens on the inside of my window for when it gets cooler, lil buggers are not getting in my house.
I will be glad when this warm weather is gone. Doesn't it suck how we cannot enjoy the weather outside because of some stupid bug?
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