If you’ve ever seen a stink bug in your house, just climbing around, you might have been tempted to squish it. The problem is that they come by their name honestly, and you don’t want to go around squishing them. Contractor’s Best Pest Solutions is here with more information you need about these small, smelly bugs.
What Are Stink Bugs?
Stink bugs are small, shield-shaped bugs that are primarily agricultural pests. They’re called stink bugs because they can be pretty stinky if they’re scared or squished, so you definitely don’t want to do either. They don’t bite and they’re not poisonous, but stink bugs are definitely not something that you want hanging out inside your home for too long.
How Do They Get Inside?
The biggest thing to know about stink bugs is that they’re coming inside to overwinter. They want somewhere safe to hang out during fall and winter when overnight temperatures are very cold. They get inside easily if there are any gaps, holes, or cracks around windows and doors that they can sneak their way into. They’re attracted to lights as well, and once one stink bug makes its way inside your home, there’s a trail for other stink bugs to follow.
How Bad Are Stink Bugs?
Stink bugs don’t cause tremendous amounts of damage, but they do eat fruits and vegetables. If you tend to leave anything out in a fruit bowl, they may find it and eat it. They’re much more harmful in your garden, but it’s not like you want them hanging out with you in your home for a few months every year, either. If you have pets that might catch or chase stink bugs, the biggest problem is going to be the proverbial stink.
How Can You Keep Stink Bugs Out?
The best way to keep stink bugs out is to assess where they’re coming in and seal up those vulnerable entry points. That means using caulk, expanding foam sealant, and weather strips wherever possible. You may even need to replace screens around windows to make sure you’re covering all angles.
Want to make sure you don’t have any pests, much less stink bugs, bothering you this fall? Call us today at Contractor’s Best Pest Solution in Buford, GA. We’ll take a look at what’s happening at your home and let you know what has to happen to keep bugs out of your home this fall.