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How To Control Stink Bugsstink bugs

Roaches and ants can be annoying but thankfully they don’t emit a strong odor that makes you want to plug your nose. This distinction falls on the proverbial skunk of the insect world, the stink bug. Stink bugs, have become a growing problem for homeowners, especially in the Northeastern part of the United States. As you could probably deduce from their name, their distinguishing feature that makes them such an unwanted pest invading the home is the disturbing odor they emit wherever they go. nuisance especially in the northeast.

It can be especially alarming to suffer a stink bug infestation in the home especially in the winter time when bugs of all varieties start looking towards human households to find shelter and warmth. On this page we will present to you some simple ways to control stink bugs and the best products we recommend you get to perform a solid stink bug control program so you can breathe easily once again in your home.

Stink Bug Background Information

Stink bugs come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Some species of stink bugs are a brightly-colored green while in other regions of the country and worldwide there are stink bugs which are yellow with black dots or just plain brown. Stink bugs are generally about a ½ inch long and have a “shield” shaped body which is very wide.


Stink bugs are in the family of insects known as pentatomidae of which there are hundreds of subspecies located around the world The reason why they are called “stink bugs" are due to the dorsal glands located on the underside of the bug. These glands are controlled by the stink bug and they can release their pungent odor at will. The reason why this is such a prominent feature for a stink bug is because it is actually an important defense mechanism of a bug to ward off predators. When you stink like a stink bug does, no lizard or bird will want any part of eating you.


Stink bugs hibernate during cold winter months and will emerge in the spring as temperatures rise. Adults mate in the spring and females will lay eggs on any plant that is readily available. Stink bug offspring will go through 5 stages to reach adulthood which takes about three months. During this time they will feed on just about anything available.


While for homeowners stink bugs can be a stinky minor inconvenience, on an agricultural scale, the stink bug can be an even bigger problem. This is because the stink bug is known for causing significant damage to orchards and areas where crops and vegetation are being grown. They enjoy consuming the sap from leaves, flowers, buds, squash, beans, corn, tomatoes, and peaches. In some areas, the damage is so significant, the stink bug is now considered to be a major threat to the agricultural economy.


Tips on Stink Bug Control


If your stink bug problem isn’t particularly big, you can use a few natural methods of control and prevention to keep them out of your home and garden. These include:

  • Keep your garden and surrounding areas outside of your home clean and free of clutter or debris. If you have weeds or any sort of overgrown grass or vegetation, make sure to mow it down to give stink bugs less places to hide. 


  • Seal off any potential entryways, especially in the summer time. If stink bugs are a problem indoors, make sure that all doors and windows are shut tight and covered with screens. Foundation or attic vents should be equipped with tight-fitting screens to keep stink bugs and other insects out. Vacuuming up stink bugs if you have a small number to deal with is also a good way to eliminate the problem, just make sure to remove the bag as well since they’ll definitely stink it up.


  • Reduce or limit light sources at night. Since they’re attracted to light, pulling shades or blinds closed may help at night. Fill any cracks or openings with caulking. In addition, the use of insect repellent around entryways may help deter these pests.


Solutions Recommended Products For Stink Bug Control


Sometimes vacuuming and sealing up your home isnt enough to keep stink bugs out. When this is the case, insecticides can help to eliminate these smelly problem pests.

For outdoor control, 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.


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.


There are a variety of insecticides that we carry that can control stink bugs so please browse below. For more information or if you have any questions about an order or would like helpful DIY advice, feel free to call us at our number (800) 479-6583 and one of our experienced representatives will be happy to assist you.


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