Northwest Exterminating shares tips to prevent a stink bug infestation
As the seasons bring cooler weather, stink bugs are likely to make an appearance in homes throughout the United States. Northwest Exterminating encourages homeowners to take proactive measures to stink bug-proof the home, both inside and out, to help keep these smelly pests at bay in the coming months.
Stink bugs often enter homes and other structures this time of year to seek food, water, and shelter in preparation for the upcoming winter weather. Fortunately, stink bugs do not pose a safety or property risk to homeowners. However, they tend to invade homes in high numbers and can become a nuisance once inside.
Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food, and property from household pests, offers a few simple tips to ward off stink bugs before an infestation develops.
- Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans, and light switches to prevent stink bugs from entering the home.
- Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.
- Repair damaged window screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
- Install screens over the chimney and attic vents.
- Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed, and make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
If you find a stink bug in the home, you can use a vacuum to aid in its removal. However, a licensed pest professional can be contacted if a more serious infestation is suspected.
For more information on stink bugs, visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/learning-center/identify-your-pest/kudzu-bug-stink-bug/.