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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.

Learn more about stink bugs and especially about how you can eliminate them from your home with the expert tips and product recommendations for stink bug control that we will provide on this page.

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How To Get Rid of Stinkbugs: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step 1: Identification. The first step in addressing a stink bug infestation is to first know what stinkbugs look like. This can be difficult because stinkbugs are often mistaken or confused with other insects such as beetles. When we talk about stinkbugs, we're talking about the stinkbug that is most common which is the Brown marmorated stinkbug. This stinkbug goes through five instar or nymph stages The first four stages look identical with the only difference being size.


Stink bugs 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 stinkbugs 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 noticed them. Probably the biggest identifier of a stink bug is obviously, their stink. Stink bugs emit a foul odor where ever they are and use it as a defense mechanism as well.

If for any reason you're having trouble properly identifying stinkbugs, you can take a picture of what you see and send it to identification@solutionsstores.com. We will respond back to your promptly with the proper identification of the insect as well as offer you recommendations of products that will best eliminate the pest.


Step 2: Inspection. Once you have confirmation that what you are dealing with are stink bugs, 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 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.


As the heat kicks on in the summertime or when spring arrives after a cold winter, stink bugs will emerge. This is when homeowners may see them most because they will fly towards lights and be a nuisance around gardens and plants. 

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.

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.

Step 3: Control. There are a number of different products we have available that are effective in eliminating stink bug problems, especially when home remedy methods are not sufficient. The best time to apply treatment products for stink bug control is near the end of summer or the beginning of fall when the weather is starting to cool.

Using a hand pump sprayer  we recommend using a professional insecticide like Reclaim IT Insecticide and spray around the perimeter of your home at least a foot up the foundation and a foot out on the ground. Focus your spraying around cracks and crevices and door and window frames as well as vents. It may be necessary to apply this product every 30 days for maximum control.

After applying the insecticide liquid, we recommend moving on to dusts. Use D-Fense Dust or another professional dust product and apply in cracks and crevices both indoors and outdoors your home. Using multiple methods of control will help you to address the problem better because if one product isn't able to kill the stink bugs, the other treatment method will. Dusts provide a long time residual and will keep killing long after the application so you will only need to apply every 6 months to keep stink bugs out.

For stink bugs you encounter, we recommend using a pyrethrin aerosol like Pyrid Aerosol and spraying them directly to kill them off.


Step 4: Prevention. To prevent stink bugs from reinfesting your home, it will take a combination of preventative insecticide treatments, sanitation measures and exclusion. Use the products we recommended in step 3 quarterly to have long lasting control and keep stink bugs away. Caulk or use pesticide black form to seal up cracks and crevices and other points of entry around your home and 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.

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Learn More About Stinkbugs

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.


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What Attracts Stink Bugs in Your House?

The Fall and Winter Months Attracts Stink Bugs to your Home.


The main reason why Stink Bugs enter a home or are attracted to homes is because they are trying to escape the cold fall months to survive the winter. The stink bug is known as an overwintering pest which enters homes in early fall to escape the winter.


They enter homes through the cracks and crevices found around the foundation which can include outside plumbing, cracks around window frames, behind chimneys, doors, and other openings that can lead them inside the structure of your home.


They usually spend the winter months, quietly resting inside your walls, however when the climate heats up again, they might try to venture outdoors, and their presence can accumulate in windows, and warm areas of your home.


During early spring you might start to notice heavy stink bug activity as they try to exit to the outside world.


Do Stink Bugs Cause Damage?

They can cause agricultural damage to crops but inside homes, they are more of a nuisance pest that infests homes by the thousands.


Although the stink bugs are harmless in that they do not cause structural damage, or carry diseases, or lay eggs in the homes, they can prove extremely lethal to agricultural crops.


In 2010 growers experienced regional losses of apples amounting to $37 million due to stink bug activity. Stink bugs have also been known to attack peaches, pears, soybean, and corn fields. Stink bugs are not only a problem for agricultural farmers but also to homeowners with small gardens and small vegetable growers, as the vegetables that are grown in small fields such as tomato crops, peppers, and other vegetables, usually become the victims of stink bugs.


At home, this pest is capable of invading structures by the thousands. In 2011 a homeowner in Maryland found almost 26,000 stink bugs from January to June in his home.


Do Stink Bugs Smell?

Yes, they release a chemical scent when in danger.


Yes, these bugs are named due to the powerful scent they released when in danger. As a defense mechanism, these bugs release a scent through a gland found in their abdomen. Although there is a variety of species (about 260) almost all of them can release this strong pungent smell to protect themselves. Although the smell itself can vary, it tends to be a very strong odor similar to that of skunks, or strong herbs and spices, like cilantro. Depending on the species of stink bug and the person that smells it, this odor can take many descriptions but it is generally a repulsive odor that wouldn’t be welcomed in any home.


Can Stink Bugs Fly?

Yes, they are very capable flyers being able to cover about 1 to 3 miles per day.


Stink Bugs have the capability to fly and often times in a single day they are capable of covering from 1 to 3 miles. Although you might not notice their wings, which fold up like a shield in their back, they have very powerful wings. At home, if they are overwintering you might seem them crowd around lights and well-lit areas in your home.


How Long Do Stink Bugs Live?

Stink bugs have a life cycle of three stages and will generally live for about 6 to 8 months.


The stink bugs like all insects have a life cycle that consists of three stages: the egg stage, the nymph stage, and the adult stage.


The life cycle of stink bugs begins when the eggs are laid around May and August. The eggs are elliptical and light yellow and are usually deposited under leaves in large quantities that can reach 20 to 30 eggs.


The Nymphs after they have hatched (after 4 to 5 days) will molt about 5 times. They are usually red and black colored and will not have wings as the adults have. Each molt stage takes about one week, and after the five molts are completed the Nymphs will have grown to adults.


The Adult Stink Bug will be able to reproduce two weeks after their final molt and will start to lay eggs around May and August, they will then start looking for structures where they can overwinter during September and early October. Most adult stink bugs are about 2 cm in length.


Stink Bugs tend to live for about 6 to 8 months and depending on the region and species of stink bugs, about 1 generation will be created per year in colder climates, and about 2 to 3 generations will spawn in warmer climates.


What Do Stink Bugs Look Like?

They can vary in color but are usually oval-shaped and about 2 cm long.


Depending on the species, the appearance of stink bugs can vary, but they are usually about 2 cm long and have oval bodies that make them look like shields. Adult stink bugs have wings that might not be apparent at first glance, as they are normally folded on their back. They vary in different colors but are generally green, brown, and gray.


The most common species of stink bugs is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug which is dark brown with light tan lines around the back.


Can a Stink Bug Hurt You, or Bite You?

Stink bugs are not generally known to bite people


Although stink bugs are only known as more of a nuisance pest that can invade homes during the Fall and Winter months, their presence and smell, is the only harm they cause humans. They do not bite or suck the blood out of pets, and their only defense mechanism seems to be the scent they release when crushed or removed forcefully.


What Do Stink Bugs Eat?

Plants, Fruits, and Vegetables but some species also eat other insects


Stink bugs are known to eat plants, weeds, grasses, fruits, crops, and vegetables. They are an invasive pest that could cause severe damage to crop fields and orchards, and are largely very destructive, as they can damage fruits and crops by destroying them with their toxic saliva that kills plant cells and has also been known to create plant diseases. Some of the fruits that stink bugs prefer are:


• Apples

• Peaches

• Pears

• Berries

• Peppers

• Beans

• Pecans


Because there are many species of stink bugs, not all species feed on fruits and plants, there are some species that feed on other insects and provide beneficial control of other insect pests.


How Do You Get Rid of Stink Bugs?


If you’re suffering a Stink Bug infestation and want to learn how to get rid of stink bugs, in the following section we’ll show you some of the steps you can take this fall or winter to get rid of stink bugs in your property.




The best way to get rid of stink bugs is prevention. Before fall arrives, and more importantly, before Winter arrives, the best way to ensure that you do not have to deal with a stink bug infestation is to properly protect your home. To do this you will have to inspect your property for possible points of entry where Overwintering pests will try to enter the building. Once the points of entry have been identified you will want to seal these cracks and crevices with either Black Out Pest Control Foam or by simply caulking these trouble areas.


If you properly seal off any possible points of entry in your property you should see a large reduction in their population come winter.




If you properly sealed of your home and made it harder for stink bugs or other pests to enter, but are still facing problems with these bugs, in the dead of winter, we recommend using a insecticidal dust such as D-Fense Dust inside your property in cracks and crevices where the majority of these bugs will be hiding. Good places to use this product include: in openings around plumbing, in wall voids, in electrical outlets, on baseboards, under furniture, or anywhere where you have noticed stink bug activity. This product works great to reduce the population of stink bugs in the areas where they usually harbor and that are unreachable by any other means.


Another product you can use to directly kill stink bugs you might happen to find during a warm winter day is Pyrid Aerosol. Simply spray this product where you have found stink bugs and they should be knocked out for good. This product will work great as a contact spray whenever you happen to see stink bugs.


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 Reclaim IT 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.


Additional Resources For Stink Bug Control

Stink Bug Information: Identify, Exterminate Stink Bugs - PestWorld.org


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Penn State Extension


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