Are Stink Bugs Active in Winter in Meadville, PA? What Keeps this Pest Away from Your Home?

The most common stink bug we see in the United States is the brown marmorated stink bug. This stink bug is native to Asia and was introduced here accidentally. It wasn’t spotted in the U.S. until 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since then, the population of stink bugs has exploded. They can be found in almost every state and some areas in Canada. They are called stink bugs because they will produce an unpleasant odor when they feel threatened or are crushed. They have a gland in their abdomen that produces the smelly chemical- research has shown that this odor protects them from predators. Stewart Termite & Pest Control explores stink bug pests below.

How Do Stink Bugs Behave?

The brown marmorated stink bug is mottled grayish-brown with six legs. They are shaped like a triangle or a shield and are 3/4” long. This time of year, you’ll find them clinging to the screens on your home. These stink bugs do not sting and won’t harm you but they can be a nuisance when they get into your home. You can also find them clustered on the outside of your home for warmth. When fall arrives and the temperatures start to drop they will look for a place to spend the winter. Many times, this is your home. Your home provides a structure for them to avoid temperatures that fall critically.

What Keeps Stink Bugs Away?

Pest control for stink bugs is most beneficial in late summer or fall; this is the time of year they are getting ready to congregate. Using mint is a great way to keep stink bugs away. Mix 2 cups of water with 10 drops of mint oil in a spray bottle and spray the solution around any areas they will use to get in or to hide. The mint will only act as a deterrent and not a poison. The best way to prevent overwintering is prevention. Once stink bugs get inside the walls of your home they are very hard to control. If a home has an invasion of stinkbugs, the home is more likely to have a re occurrence the following fall. Use a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk and seal any cracks around windows, doors, siding and utility pipes. Make sure to check underneath the wood fascia and any other opening for openings they will use to get into your home. Any screens that are damaged need to be repaired or replaced. If they have decided to take up residence in our home you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove them but you will need to get rid of the bag right away. This will ensure you won’t have the stinky smell lingering in your home.

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If you suspect that you’re dealing with a more serious infestation deep inside your home, you will need to call professional pest control. Stewart Termite & Pest Control can assess the situation and come up with a plan to free your home of these stinky pests. Give us a call today.