Lions, Tigers, Stink Bugs, Oh My!

You might have already received a visit from this season’s infamous pest. If not, consider yourself lucky! The stink bug population is growing rapidly, and Ohio is in the path.

Stink bugs are showing up in big numbers, looking to nestle for the fall and winter inside homes and buildings. Here are some facts to keep the stink bugs at bay:

1. Know the bug.

The stink bug has a distinct look that includes an armor-type shield for wings. What makes it more unique is its odor. It gives give off a scent to attract other stink bugs, and it releases a pungent, musty odor when crushed or when it senses danger. The odor is meant to scare off predators. It is not known to bite, but it can enter homes and buildings through the smallest of cracks and crevices.

2. Prevention is your first line of defense.

Stink bugs are diligent in their search to come inside and get away from cooler weather. They hang out in bushes, trees and ground cover during the day, and they often are attracted to gardens and fruit trees in the neighborhood. They land on houses and buildings looking to come in through spaces around soffit, siding, roofs, chimneys, flashing and more. Sealing all possible entry points is the first step. We can help in the effort. Our 17-point inspection can determine where you might have issues, including identifying possible entry points and solutions.

3. Home remedies abound.

There are numerous bloggers, YouTubers, and even extermination companies that provide what they view as the best “how-to” advice for eradicating the bugs. The internet is full of home remedies, from rubbing laundry dryer sheets on screens, which supposedly creates an odor to discourage the bugs, to spraying them with a mixture of Dawn dish soap and water. A Google search will turn up plenty, but again, sealing entry points is a key step.

4. Pesticides might be an option.

Pesticides might be your best option when other measures present a challenge. In many cases, pesticides will kill the bugs in the immediate term, but the likelihood of more bugs returning is high. That’s because they are traversing neighborhoods and do not tend to nest in one spot. If you do use pesticides, follow the manufacturer or exterminator directions. Before resorting to this step, remember to seal entry points around the home or building.

Stink bugs are here to stay, and choosing not to deal with them can present more difficulties down the road. You can put yourself in the best possible position to weather the invasion by focusing on preventative measures. What have you been doing to stay critter-free this season? Comment below!

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