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Stink Bugs

Eliminate Stink Bugs and Restore Your Peace of Mind

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What Are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs, who belong to the pentatomidae insect family, are a large insect native to Asia. They are a large insect known for their characteristic "shield" shape, and for their foul odor, which they emit as a defense mechanism when startled or threatened. Stink Bugs are not native to the United States, and the first recorded sighting of this invasive species in the U.S. was in 1998, likely after they hitched a ride on shipping cargo from across the ocean.

Stink Bugs are not harmful to humans, and they will not cause structural damage to your home. However, many stink bugs feed on plant matter, so they may cause damage to your houseplants or garden. If you're dealing with stink bugs in the house, contact our pest professionals at Greenix Pest Control to schedule your free inspection today.

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How to Identify Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are easily recognizable by their iconic shield shape, but there are several other characteristics that make them easy to identify. They have six legs and two antennae, and are usually close to two centimeters in length.

The most common species of stink bug found in the United States is the brown marmorated stink bug. From far away, these little creatures look to be a muddy brown; but when you take a closer look, they have distinctive markings along their backs and antennae in alternating dark and light colors.

Why Are There Stink Bugs In My House?

Stink bugs can seemingly show up out of nowhere, and leave you wondering how they got there. There are several reasons why stink bugs may be attracted to the inside of your home, and several ways they can get inside.

Entry Points

If there are stink bugs in your house, there are most likely small entry points that they are able to crawl through. Cracks in your foundation, poor window seals, or even leaving the door open too long can all invite these pests into your home.

Cold Weather

Stink bugs typically start making appearances in your house when the weather turns cold. As an overwintering pest, they're looking for a warm place to camp out until the spring, when they'll return to their usual activity. They typically like to hide in hard-to-reach places, like the attic or inside the walls. However, you may see them high on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, or perched on windows inside your home.

Let There Be Light

Stink bugs, like many insects, are also attracted to light, so having a strong porch light outside your door may attract stink bugs into your house.

Excess Moisture

Excess moisture, especially right outside your house, can attract stink bugs. Keeping the land around your house dry can help deter these pests from entering your home.

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How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

It's important to be careful when trying to eradicate stink bugs from your house. One wrong move, and the insect may release its defensive odor - stinking up your house, and possibly attracting even more stink bugs. There are several home methods for getting rid of these pests, without causing an offensive odor.

Vacuum Cleaner

One way to get rid of stink bugs is to simply suck them up using a vacuum cleaner. Once inside the bag or chamber of your vacuum, they won't be able to release their odor into your home. Just make sure to empty your vacuum after doing this, preferably into a sealed bag.

Pest Control

If you keep finding stink bugs in your house, pest control is the best option for getting rid of them. Greenix Pest Control offers year-round seasonal treatment that will help prevent stink bugs from entering your home, and help to drive them out.


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