Stink bugs may look menacing, but they will not harm people and nor do they bite. Stink bugs are harmless and do not damage your property, but they do enter homes when the weather begins to cool, seeking heat and warmth to survive over winter.
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The brown marmorated stink bug originally from Asia, is now present in at least 33 states and as far west as Oregon and California. It is a serious agricultural pest and because they need to move indoors in winter, is also becoming a major nuisance pest to homeowners and business owners.
Stink bugs gather in large numbers on the sides of houses and buildings in the late fall and enter structures to find a place to overwinter (hibernate).
Once inside your home, stink bugs will seek out warm areas and will hide in insulated walls, light fittings and under floorboards. When the temperatures drop in early winter, stink bugs go into a state of hibernation.
They will not reproduce during this time and there is no risk of the stink bugs multiplying. However, warm winter days or heating may trigger stink bug activity indoors, so you may see some of these bugs around your home in winter and they might emit a foul odor when they feel threatened or are crushed.
As a home owner you can do a number of things to prevent stink bugs. We recommend you make the following checks and repairs to your property in late Spring / Summer prior to the Fall and the start of over wintering behavior.
Stink bugs can work their way into our homes through various entry points (cracks and crevices) including:
Stink bug invasions can be prevented by inspecting and repairing the following common points of entry:
If you do find stink bugs in your home, you can:
At Ehrlich, we’ve been helping and advising people on how to get rid of stink bugs on their property since they were first identified in Allentown, PA in 2001, and we can offer practical advice on how to get rid of stink bugs from your home.
Although there are many stink bug traps and insecticides on the market, these only capture the bugs and don’t help to prevent them from entering your home.