A common pest across the country, stink bugs are often spotted in homes as the weather grows cooler in the fall months. As winter approaches, stink bugs head toward our warm abodes to find a cozy place to hide from the snow and freezing temperatures. Named for the smelly odor that they emanate, the stink bug is rather large in size, making them a quite the nuisance for homeowners. While you may not see many stink bugs during the winter, they will pop their heads up on warm days and will come out in full force as the grass begins popping up through the snow next spring. Luckily, there are a few preventative steps that can be taken to keep stink bugs and other winter pests out of your home.
Seal Up Cracks and Crevices
The easiest way to keep stink bugs out of your house this winter is to seal up any cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home. Pests can weasel their way into even the smallest of spaces, so take some time to walk the perimeter of your home this fall, paying special attention to the cracks around your doors and windows. Seal these spaces up with caulk or weather stripping to prevent further infestation. Also remember to seal your attic up tight, placing a cover on the chimney and using screens to cover vents. Once your home is sealed up tight, it is time to deal with the critters that have already made their way indoors.
Don’t Squish the Bugs
The worst thing about the stink bug is the odor it emits when killed. Instead of squishing these bugs like you would with any other insect pest, we recommend catching them and flushing them down the toilet or vacuuming them up. If you choose to use a vacuum, be sure changing the bag immediately after use to prevent odors from clinging to your machine. Also, throw the used bag in the trash outside to keep the stench away from your home.
If you are experiencing a stink bug infestation this fall, don’t hesitate to contact Comfort Pest Control. Located in Dunkirk, New York, our phone number is 716-366-2120.