Stink Bugs are on the Move

Stink Bugs are on the Move

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are on the move this time of the year. The fluctuating temperatures let these bugs know it is time to find a spot to overwinter. You can find these pest on the sunny side of the home on warm fall days. They are harmless to your home but are considered a pest to apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits and persimmons and some bean plants. Prevention starts with blocking the cracks and crevices they use to get inside your home. One of the common areas they can use to gain entry is window unit air conditioner units that may have gaps around them allowing access. It is important to caulk cracks and be sure your door sweeps are tight-fitting. Once in the home they hunker down for the winter. Stink bugs do not bite, do not get into our food and do not breed indoors so they are considered a nuisance pest once inside. They will remain hidden in wall voids, attics and other areas in the home until spring when they can be found slowly moving around heading toward windows and lights. If they do not make it back outside they will die. It is not recommended to vacuum these pest due to the odor they omit when crushed so it is best to gather them in a paper towel and place them outside. An exterior spray around windows and doors will reduce the number of stink bugs and other pests that get into the home and now is the perfect time for prevention.  Call today for more info: 1-800-649-9992