Stink bugs are an invasive species. They can be identified by their mottled brown shield-shaped bodies which are around ¾” long or around 2cm. It has 6 legs and 2 long antennae that exceed the length of their legs. The bugs are named chiefly for the smell they emit when they are disturbed. The smell has been likened to cilantro but on overload.
The bugs are originally from East Asia and were first found along the East Coast. The bugs have since spread inland but are particularly prolific around the coast including states such as Texas, California and Oregon. Ohio and Cleveland in particular are having real issues with the bugs this year.
The bugs were first introduced in the 1990s and have since been spotted in 44 states. This just shows how quickly an invasive species can spread and how much work there is to do if we are to at least keep them under control.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?
While the bugs don’t bite, their offensive smell combined with their crop and plant-destroying habits do mean that they are a neighborhood nuisance. They have a nasty habit of working through your borders and ornamental plants.
The good news is that the bugs don’t carry diseases or cause any structural damage in your home. But the best news is that you can get rid of the odor by filling pantyhose with unused coffee grounds and hanging them around the room.
When Do Stink Bugs Appear?
Adult stink bugs tend to seek shelter during the winter months in the warmer climes of your home. Fall is the most likely time for them to appear both inside and out. The bugs tend to travel in large groups so it is likely that if you do experience an infestation, there will be plenty of evidence almost immediately.
Stink bugs also like to bask in the warmth of sunlight. You may find that stink bugs appear in the summer and tend to congregate on sunnier patches of your outside walls to soak up the heat. But the bugs also come inside at every opportunity so as soon as you see one, you should call a licensed pest controller as soon as possible.
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
However tempted you are, you must not crush the bugs as this will release their stinky smell. Vacuuming is a better idea as long as you remove the vacuum canister as soon as you are done and dispose of it straight away before the smell can get in. But the best method is to call a pest controller to deal with the problem for you.
At Greenix we use eco-friendly, organic pest control products to restore your house to its natural state. Our professional technicians assess the level of infestation and deliver product in a safe and responsible manner to eliminate the problem as quickly as possible with minimal disruption. All our technicians are fully trained and will be able to offer advice to prevent further infestations such as sealing cracks around windows and other potential entry points.