• Call (800) 479-6583
  • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • |
  • Sat 9am-5pm
Menu

How to Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

You just squished a bug in your house and you are hit with this strong stinky smell. No matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it. Every time you walk by that spot where you squished the bug, it feels like you are covered in filth. So, what was that thing that went splat?

That my friend was a stink bug, also known as “brown marmorated bug”. These foul smelling insects are not usually a problem in the home, but when they do find their way in, they can be an unpleasant issue. Fortunately, though, if you have an infestation of these pungent creature in your home they can be overcome if you are armed with the right control products and the proper knowledge of the stink bug and how it operates.

About Stink Bugs

Are you seeing some weird looking, striped insect in your house? A stink bug gets its name from the god awful stink it leaves behind when squished, and is indentified by the brown marble-like pattern on its body. Even its antenna has stripes on it, which is its most distinguishing feature.

Stink bug usually enters the house during summer. After taking a long nap during the entire winter season in newspapers and old clothes, they make their way from the attic or basement to your rooms. According to a research by North Dakota State University, stink bugs have 4,700 species, out of which 250 can be found in the US. The bugs are really delicate and therefore, must be disposed off with care. Squishing them is like opening Pandora’s Box . . . once it goes splat, be prepared for the stinky smell.

Your First Step

The only solution to prevent stink bugs from entering your home is to seal off all access points. Fill gaps in walls with caulk and lay down weather stripping. Make sure there are no holes in doors or window screens, and items such as cupboards and dressing tables don’t have cracks in them. Since they appear from dark corners, it’s important to make sure that all their entries are covered.

Six Home Remedies to Get Rid of Stinky Bugs

Peppermint Spray

Stink bugs abhor any kind of sharp smell. This includes peppermint and garlic. The only difference between these two is that the former has a nice smell and the latter not so much. In a spray bottle, pour 16 ounces water and add ten drops of peppermint oil. Spray it on windows, doors, cracks and holes.

Garlic Spray

The smell and acidity of garlic is disliked by the stink bugs. The smell alone will keep them away from your house. You can use cooking garlic powder to make a solution. Pour 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle and add four teaspoons garlic powder to it. Shake well until the color of water changes. Spray the solution near the attic and basement, doors, windows and other places that have been untouched for quite some time.

Soap and Water

Instead of squishing, wouldn’t it be easy to knock them down into a bucket? This way you can dispose them outside easily. In a bucket, pour one gallon water and add a tablespoon of laundry or dish soap. Place the bucket underneath the place where you see the bugs crawling and knock them down into the bucket with a stick. Once they fall in the water, the soap will stop them from crawling out and they will eventually drown.

Neem Oil

Stinky bugs sure do love their plants, which mean your garden is not safe from them. Some of the plants that they commonly eat include:

  • Catalpa

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Knockout Roses

  • Peach Trees

  • Honeysuckle

  • Asian Pear Trees

Neem oil does no harm to your plants and can be used indoors, as well as outdoor. Pour half a glass of water into a spray bottle and add two tablespoons of Neem oil to it. Spray it all over the garden and on windows and door entrances.

Chili-Based Spray

A chili-based spray is one of the most effective solutions for killing stink bugs. Here’s what you need:

  • Two hot peppers

  • A garlic clove

  • Two large onions

Here’s how to make the spray:

  • Chop the three ingredients and add it to a large pot

  • Fill ¼th of the pot with soapy water and cover it with a lid

  • Let it sit for an entire day

  • Strain it and pour the mixture in the spray bottle

This solution must be sealed and kept in a dark cabinet. It can be used for two weeks tops.

Vinegar and Lemon Juice

The acidic nature of lemon and the smell of vinegar act as a strong repellent. Mix half ounce vinegar with one ounce lemon juice. Pour eight ounces water in a spray bottle and add the lemon juice and vinegar mixture. Spray it on walls, windows, cracks, crevices and any surface where stink bugs might hide.

Preventing Stinky Bug Infestation

Stink bugs are not just attracted by the sunlight and heat; they are also attracted by plants. In the off season, when you see a stink bag, render it useless with hair spray and then pick it up with a plastic bag. Don’t vacuum it up or the bug might get squished in the dust bag. Once caught, kill it outside. The smell will warn the other stink bugs to stay away. This way, you can keep them from attacking your garden.

As for indoors, try any one of these solutions and you can easily get rid of stink bugs. The more careful you are in the handling, the easier it will be to dispose of them, without worrying about your house stinking.

Eliminate Stink Bugs With Professional DIY Products

Home remedies aren’t for everyone and often times home remedies may not do the trick for a particular stink bug infestation. If that is the case for you, don’t fret. You can still effectively get rid of stink bugs using professional DIY pest control products from Solutions Pest & Lawn. Aside from delivering quality insecticides, we also give expert advice on how to apply our products step by step, either online or over the phone.

To tackle stink bugs you find around your yard outdoors, use insecticide spray residuals such as Demand CS Insecticide or Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide for the best stink bug control. Following product label instructions, spray infested areas in the yard to eliminate as many of these pests as possible. It is also important to spray a barrier treatment around the outside of your home to prevent as many bugs as possible from entering the structure. Gathering points or areas where you see stink bugs on structure walls should also be treated.

You can also prevent stink bugs from coming indoors by filling all your cracks and crevices that the stink bugs can gain access to, windows, door jams, weep holes, etc with caulk. Plug up any utility pipes with silicone caulk and by screening attic and crawl space vents. If your doors and windows are not covered by tight-fitting screens, keep them shut. Seal your house up as tight as possible.

If your home has already been invaded by stink bugs that are trying to shack up for the winter you will need to identify the specific hiding places (which are usually wall voids or dropped ceilings), and treat within these areas. An aerosol spray such as EcoPCO ACU Contact Aerosol works well to get rid of stink bugs and is safe to use indoors, using natural organic ingredients.

Residual dusts like Delta Dust or Evergreen Pyrethrum Dust 1% also work excellently. Apply these dusts directly into wall voids and underneath baseboards using a hand duster.

Conclusion

Stink bugs can be an awfully stinky problem to have but by following the remedies we outlined above and arming yourself with professional DIY products, you can be done through with having your home invaded by these smelly nuisances.

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

x