Getting To Know Those Lovely Stink Bugs
It’s no joke, stink bugs stink. And if you’ve ever experienced them, you’d understand. These are shield-shaped insects usually ranging in color from green (nymphs or babies) to brown (adults). What ever you do, don’t squash it! If you do, it will release a stench that you will not soon forget.
There are things you can do to keep your home, your lawn, and your family safe from stink bugs. The key is to take action as quickly as possible. The reason this is so vital is because these insects are known to reproduce very quickly. Female stink bugs can lay upwards to 100 eggs. Once they’ve laid their eggs, the adults will go and hibernate. In just a few days these eggs will hatch and the nymphs will begin eating like crazy.
These insects are attracted to green; the kind that does grow on trees – and other plants. To combat this, professional strength pesticides are available. Many are plant friendly and easy to use. Most are sprays. So all you do is shake the can and spray.
There are also natural deterrents. Certain animals and plants will offer a repellent keeping stink bugs away.
Knowing your pest is a key part in pest control. This pest in particular is especially attracted to things like roses, apples, and peaches. You may consider eliminating or reducing the presence of these in your yard in order to keep the bugs away.
Most commonly found outside, the bugs may come inside as temperatures drop during the winter. Blocking their entry points can go a long way in stink bug pest control. So caulk your windows, add weather-stripping to your doorways, and vent exhaust pipes. Be sure to also check areas where pipes and wires exit your home. They too should be patched. Not only will these measures keep out pests, but they will also keep out weather (ie snow, rain, and cold).
Keeping your lights off when not in use will also reduce incentive for the bugs to approach your home as well as save you on your energy bills and consumption.
You may also choose to use pesticides to create a barrier keeping them away. Synthetic pyrethroids like Talstar and Demand CS are powerful against stink bugs.
Available for both indoor and outdoor use is the stink bug trap. To lure the bug, the trap lets out a fragrance and a light. The light also works to heat up an adhesive that traps the bug once it comes into contact.