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How do I prevent a stink bug infestation?

October 16th, 2014

How do I prevent a stink bug infestation?

To prevent stink bugs from entering homes and buildings, seal all cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, outlets, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other openings. Be sure to use a high-quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors should be replaced to keep stink bugs out. It can also be beneficial to replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to stink bugs. A licensed pest professional can treat for stink bugs in the late summer or fall to prevent infestations as they seek shelter from the cold.

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

If you’re already dealing with stink bugs in your home or building, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them. Be sure to discard the bag or empty the canister to prevent odor from spreading. For further assistance, contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the problem.

Why do they come indoors?

As the weather gets colder toward the end of summer and early fall, stink bugs begin searching for warm overwintering sites. This leads them to enter homes and other structures that could provide shelter. Stink bugs reemerge from their overwintering sites in early spring to become active once again. During warm months, they are frequently seen congregating en masse on the sides of buildings.

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