Color: Depending on the species, adult stink bugs can be green, brown, or grayish in color and can change colors as they develop.
Characteristics: Stink bugs are shaped somewhat like a shield and can reach up to 2cm long with 1 pair of antennae.
Size: Up to 2cm long. They are almost as wide as there are long due to their body shape.
Potentially Dangerous: No.
What is a stink bug?
A stink bug is a crawling insect that has a shield-like shape and 6 legs that come out of the sides of their body, making them look larger. Stink bugs get their name from the odor they produce when threatened.
Why do I have stink bugs?
Stink bugs enter your home through small cracks and crevices to find shelter in the Fall. They enter homes in search of warmth for surviving the winter and are most commonly found in walls, attics, or crawl spaces.
Are stink bugs dangerous?
Stink bugs pose no threat to humans or pets, but they can be very inconvenient. They are considered a nuisance pest.
How do I get rid of stink bugs?
The best way to get rid of stink bugs is to keep them from entering in the first place (see below). If they are already inside, stink bugs can be removed with a vacuum, but be very careful not to squish them. Their smell can remain in the vacuum for a while, so dispose of contents promptly. If stink bugs in your home being to multiply, we recommend calling a pest professional right away.
How do I prevent stink bugs?
The best way to prevent stink bugs is to seal off any possible entrances they have into your home. A pest professional can help you find tiny holes and cracks on the exterior of your home and provide expert recommendations.
Can I do it myself?
If you notice just a few stink bugs, you can remove them on your own, but if it becomes an ongoing issue, contact a pest management provider right away. It is important to know how stink bugs are getting into your home in the first place to prevent larger issues.
September means back to school, the return of cooler weather and the invasion of over-wintering pests. Over-wintering pests are those pesky creatures that move into structures in the fall, camp out and lay dormant all winter, and then emerge with abandon at the first sign of warm weather. The most common over-wintering pests in the upper Midwest include Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs and cluster flies.
Pest control companies receive an influx of calls in the spring when these pests try to exit homes or businesses. The best way to avoid seeing them in the spring though, is to prevent them from entering your home or business in the fall. So, how do you keep over-wintering pests out?