If you've lived in the Southeast for more than five minutes, you have probably encountered a stink bug … or ten. While they may not cause a huge threat to your home or family, they do stink (literally and figuratively) and can be hazardous to crops and plants! As stated in National Geographic, this insect population caused over $37 million dollars in damages to just apple crops alone in 2010.
There are over 200 types of stink bugs in North America. The most common stink bug species in our area of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida is the brown marmorated stink bug. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the brown marmorated stink bug was introduced to the United States as recently as the 1990s. While there are many different species of stink bug they all release a strong odor when threatened or squashed.
Keep Your Home and Yard Stink Bug-Free
Here are some helpful tips on how to deal with this stinky pest.
- Stink bugs seek warmth and venture inside during colder months. Homeowners often experience a rise in stink bugs infestations starting in September and lasting until January. Sealing up holes and cracks in your home can prevent stink bugs from coming inside.
- Stink bugs will usually only release their unpleasant odor if threatened or when squashed. Since they do not breed in the colder months and instead seek shelter, there is no need to worry about stink bug eggs inside your home. It is best to just remove them with a paper towel and place outside, back into nature.
- To keep stink bugs away from your yard and garden, try mixing lavender oil with your water and spraying it directly on your plants. Keeping garden beds clear of weeds and yard free of debris will also add as a deterrent for the stink bugs.
If these methods do not deter the stink bugs away from your house, or if the sheer volume of stink bugs is too large to control, seek professional help. At Knox Pest Control we have an associate certified entomologist on our team and we use the most up-to-date and effective methods to get rid of pests quickly and for the long-term!
Contact Knox Pest Control to learn more about our pest control solutions for your home.