Stink Bug Control

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Keith's Pro Tips

"Don't forget that stink bugs have that name for a reason. If you crush one, it will release a putrid odor. But they will also release this odor if they feel threatened. So if you attempt to relocate one that has come inside, you could get hit with a nasty smell."

Stink Bug Control: How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs

This page is a general Stink Bug removal guide. Using the products and methods suggested you will get control of Stink Bugs. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of Stink Bugs.

Stink bugs have become a growing problem for homeowners, especially in the Northeastern part of the United States. Their distinguishing feature that makes them such an unwanted pest invading the home is the disturbing odor they emit wherever they go.

Many people want to know how to get rid of stink bugs in the house, especially in the wintertime when bugs of all varieties start looking towards human households to find shelter and warmth. Besides their odor, stink bugs eat houseplant by sucking its juices causing browning then eventual death during the winter season.

One question that many homeowners ask about this pest is if stink bugs are harmful or dangerous? In short, stink bugs are nuissant pests that pose no immediate danger to people unless they are specifically allergic to this pest. Even though stink bugs are not harmful to people, their large group activities on the side of homes creates concern for increase in population and damages to interior landscapes.

If you are dealing with Sting Bugs, the following DIY guide can help you to eliminate them from your home with the expert tips and product recommendations for Stink Bug Control that we will provide on this page.

Identification

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The first step in addressing a stink bug infestation is identifying whether the pest you are dealing with are, in fact, Stink Bugs. This can be difficult because Stink Bugs are often mistaken or confused with other insects such as beetles or the Western Conifer Seed Bug. When we talk about Stink Bugs, we mean the stink bug that is most common—the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

  • Stink Bugs are 17 mm or 5/8th of an inch long and are brown but can also have spotted patterns to them.
  • Stink bugs also have a hard exoskeleton that makes them so difficult to control using insecticide chemicals because their exoskeleton is so thick that it serves as a shield for them.
  • Some other traits Stink Bugs have are six legs, two antennae, a thin pointed mouth part, and wings that appear to be slightly tucked away that you don't immediately notice them.
  • Probably the biggest identifier of a Stink Bug is obviously, their stink. Stink bugs emit a foul odor wherever they are and use it as a defense mechanism.

Use the description and image we have provided above to properly identify Stink Bugs on your property. If you are not entirely sure, contact us and we will help you with getting proper identification of the insect as well as offer you recommendations of products that will best eliminate the pest.

Inspection

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Once you have confirmation that you are dealing with Stink Bugs on your property, you can move on to inspection. Stinkbugs are pretty easy to notice because they are larger than other typical insects you may see around your home & yard. Stink bugs are also an overwintering pest which means they most prevalent in the late summer through fall as they will be looking for a warm place to reside and spend their time, which is usually your home.

Where To Inspect

Stink Bugs often get attracted to homes as the heat kicks on in the summertime or when spring arrives after a cold winter. This is when homeowners may see them most because they will fly towards lights and be a nuisance around gardens and plants.

Indoors, stink bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices and sneak in through entry points to come inside a home. They are often found in voids, false ceiling, attics, folds in drapes and other places that are secluded and don't get a lot of traffic coming back and forth.

What To Look For

You are looking for Stink Bugs and cracks and crevices in the home. Look for stink bugs around window frames and doors, vents, eaves, and on walls that get on new shoots, on buds, along stems or under leaves. A method agricultural workers do is shake plants with a stick and catch stink bugs that fall out. You can try that too if you wish.

Treatment

Now that you have confirmed Stink Bug activity, it is time to begin treatment. Remember to first read all product labels and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

To get rid Stink Bugs in the house, we recommend applying a perimeter and broadcast treatment of Supreme IT outdoors. Indoors, apply a treatment of D-Fense Dust to points of entry and hard-to-treat areas. Finally, you should apply Pyrid Aerosol to any Stink Bugs you directly find, to knock them down and kill them.

Step 1 - Outdoor Treatment with Supreme IT

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Supreme IT is a broad-spectrum insecticide that is labeled to kill Stink Bugs. It also has a long residual effect that continues to kill for up to 90 days after application. We highly recommend using Supreme IT has a barrier treatment and a broadcast treatment to keep Stink Bugs from staying on the property.

Determine how much Supreme IT you need for your application by calculating the square footage of the area you wish to treat. To do this, you will need to measure (in feet) the length and width of the area and multiply the two values (length x width = square footage). Stink Bugs can be treated at a rate of 0.5 to 1.0 ounce of Supreme IT with a gallon of water inside a pump sprayer to treat 1,000 square feet.

To perform a perimeter treatment, spray 3 feet up and 3 feet out from the foundation of your structure. While spraying in this manner, also spray window frames, door frames, eaves, soffits, rain gutters, cracks and crevices, and electrical/plumbing penetrations.

Next, you will do a broadcast treatment. Start at the back of your lawn and make your way to the front. Apply via fan spray nozzle setting on all tall grasses, shaded areas, bushes, and ornamentals and where you have noticed Stink Bug activity. This fan spray setting helps to get uniform coverage where you apply.

Step 2 - Indoor Treatment with D-Fense Dust

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Stink Bugs may get into the home via points of entry and cracks and crevices that could be hard to treat. This is where D-Fense Dust can be helpful. D-Fense Dust is an insecticidal dust that will be used to apply and reach deep into the cracks and crevices where Stink Bugs are hiding.

To use D-Fense Dust you will need a handheld duster. Fill the duster halfway with D-Fense Dust and leave lots of room for air to circulate inside the duster. Next, apply by squeezing the duster. Apply in cracks and crevices found throughout the home, and in cracks and crevices near window frames, door frames, and where Stink Bugs have been found.

Step 3 - Pyrid Aerosol

Spraying Pyrid to kill Stink Bugs

For Stink Bugs that you are able to find in your home, spray them with Pyrid Aerosol. Pyrid is a pyrethrin-based aerosol known for its quick knockdown of a wide range of common bugs. Pyrid comes in a ready to use aerosol spray can simply shake and spray.

To use, simply point and spray directly at visible stink bugs. Use this product as a contact spray to kill any Stink Bugs you happen to see, making sure to point 18 to 24 inches away from the target to get an accurate spraying.

Prevention

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The best way to prevent Stink Bugs from reinfesting your home is a combination of preventative insecticide treatments, sanitation measures, and exclusion.

  • Use Supreme IT quarterly to have long-lasting control and keep Stink Bugs away.
  • Apply caulk or use pesticide black foam to seal up cracks and crevices and other points of entry around your home.
  • Keep your home and yard clean and clutter-free to reduce the likelihood of Stink Bugs hanging around

It's not for certain you won't 100% have Stink Bug problems but as long as you follow these tips, stink bug outbreaks will be reduced and you will be ready if they do decide to make a comeback.

Key Takeaways

What Are Stink Bugs?

  • Western Conifer Seed Bugs are also known as Stink Bugs and are a common overwintering pest that invades homes when temperatures drop.
  • Stink Bugs are a common household pest known for emitting an unpleasant odor.

How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs in the house and yard

  • We recommend treating Stink Bugs with Supreme IT outdoors, apply D-Fense Dust in cracks, crevices and points of entry and finally using Pyrid Aerosol to kill Stink Bugs directly.

Preventing Stink Bug Reinfestation

  • Prevent Stink Bug problems in the future with preventative treatments of Supreme IT, reducing clutter around the home and sealing off points of entry with caulk.
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