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Are you familiar with the stinkbug? If so, you know how the insect got its name. These pesky insects excrete a pyridine secretion, with an unpleasant odor. The main purpose of the pyridine-based secretion is to deter predatory insects and animals. Unfortunately, some wild animals are not deterred by the foul odor. Spiders, flies, birds, spiders, lacewings, and assassin bugs are fond of the stinkbug. The ant utilizes its pyridine secretion as an herbicide, weedkiller.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug “BMSB” was first sighted in the United States in 1996 in the Pennsylvania city of Allentown. Adults grow up to 0.75 (3/4) of an inch in length. Identifying the stinkbug is fairly simple, thanks to the insect’s marmorated coloration and shield-shaped rear plate.
Stinkbugs can be found in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Michigan, and Ohio.
Why Are Stinkbugs In My Basement?
The stinkbug falls into the overwintering pest category. The insect species classified as overwintering pests spend the winter season in a deep sleep. Like hibernation, overwintering allows insects to improve their odds of surviving the harsh winter environment and hungry animals.
Stinkbugs prefer the indoors, where it is warm and safe to the brutally cold winter temperatures. The insect invades residential, industrial, and commercial buildings through small cracks and holes. They will cluster in colonies, waiting for an opportunity to invade your home.
Do Stinkbugs Carry Dangerous Diseases?
No, stinkbugs are harmless insects, as they are non-venomous, not known to sting, and disease-free. However, the insects may cause foodborne illnesses by dropping contaminants from their body in food.
Stinkbugs may not bite humans or animals, but they will do a number on your crops and indoor potted plants.
How To Safely Eradicate Stinkbugs?
While no one wants their property infested with insects. The stinkbug only temporarily invades homes. They arrive in the late fall and early winter and leave in the early spring. In some mild cases, treatment may not be necessary.
Stinkbugs release their pyridine secretion when frightened and injured. Utilize a vacuum to remove the insects from your home.
What Is The Most Effective Stinkbug Management Strategy?
The best and only way to keep stinkbugs out of your home is by sealing all potential access points. Small crevices in foundations, gaps between vents and exterior walls, and damaged attic and crawlspace vents are considered stinkbug access points.
Stinkbug activity is at its highest in the late fall and early spring. As tempting as it may be to leave your front door and windows open, it is not recommended.
Is DIY Pest Control Suitable For Stinkbug Problems?
It depends on the severity of the problem. Stinkbug infestation requires a much stronger approach other than do-it-yourself pest management. Over-the-counter pesticides are standard grade, as compared to an industrial-grade pesticide. Industrial grade is the maximum strength
Can Anyone Afford Stinkbug Pest Control Service?
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Is It Possible To Protect My Home From A Future Stinkbug Problems?
Yes, it is possible with an effective prevention strategy. To learn more, reach out to our local pest control experts.
How Long Does It Take To Process A Stinkbug Control Service Request?
Our pest management experts will gladly work with you to devise a custom prevention plan specific to your stinkbug needs and preferences.