14 Dec How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are a nuisance, but there are measures you can take to keep them from destroying your home. The key to controlling stink bugs is preventing them from entering your house. Once they’re inside, it’s much more difficult to get rid of stink bugs without the help of an exterminator or pesticide.
Prevent stink bugs from entering your home.
- Screen doors and windows.
- Keep the house clean. Stink bugs will not infest a dirty home, so keep up on your cleaning schedule to discourage them from coming inside in the first place.
- Keep the house dry. Stink bugs are attracted to damp areas and will take shelter in moist or decaying wood as well as rotting food like fruit or vegetables that have fallen on the floor of your kitchen or dining room if you don’t clean up after yourself regularly.
- Cool it down! Stink bugs prefer warm climates, so if you want them out of your home permanently, make sure that it’s at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) during winter months and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) during summer ones—lowering these temperatures even more can help prevent stink bugs from entering your dwelling altogether!
Seal all open areas within your home.
To keep stink bugs out, seal all open areas within your home.
- Caulk, weather stripping and screens can be used to seal openings in doors and windows.
- Use a pest control company to seal off any gaps in your walls. If you’re brave enough to do it yourself, use a flashlight and check behind baseboards and electrical outlets; also check under sinks, behind kitchen cabinets and anywhere else they might be hiding out.
- A vacuum cleaner can suck up stink bugs if they are still alive; however, if they’ve been squished (and thus killed), this method won’t work very well because the smell will linger longer than usual on surfaces where they were crushed or sat for an extended period of time
Take preventative measures to keep stink bugs away from your home.
You can avoid stink bugs by taking preventative measures to keep them away from your home. Trim shrubs and trees, keeping grass short, and keeping gutters clean. The bugs don’t like light so keep windows and doors closed when possible. Make sure you seal any cracks or holes in the exterior of your house with caulking or other protective materials, but don’t use spray pesticides around the outside of your home—it may attract more pests! Finally, for serious stink bug infestations call in a professional exterminator who will know how to treat the problem without harming humans or pets!
Use Diatomaceous Earth on stings bugs.
If you’ve been stung by stink bugs, diatomaceous earth can help. This natural powder is made from the remains of diatoms, a type of algae that died out millions of years ago. It’s an organic insecticide—and it’s not toxic to humans!
Diatomaceous earth (DE) won’t kill stink bugs on its own, but it will help soothe those nasty bites when used in conjunction with other treatments.
Consider using a pesticide to kill stink bugs.
If you don’t want to go the organic route, you can always consider using a pesticide. But before you do that, make sure that the stink bugs are not in your home. If they are, then all of our other methods won’t work and you should call an exterminator.
Stink bugs will die within 24 hours if exposed to pesticides but they may also hide in cracks and crevices during this time so be sure to seal up any areas where they might try hiding.
Capture and release stink bugs.
If you’re keen on capturing stink bugs, the best way to do it is with a plastic bag. Simply place the open end of the bag over a stinky bug and gently sweep it inside.
Once you’ve captured your stink bugs, there are several ways to dispose of them. You could freeze them or vacuum them up or even drop them into water-filled cups (but don’t put so many in there that they drown).
The general consensus seems to be that squishing stink bugs is not recommended because it releases an odor that attracts more insects—plus, their guts are slippery and hard to clean up from whatever surface has been contaminated by their remains. So if you want to avoid making an additional mess by squishing these little critters, perhaps give yourself some time before deciding what method of disposal you’d like after capturing one in a plastic container or baggie!
- Note: Please do not use pesticides when attempting any kind of control measures on these pests! Pesticides can kill beneficial insects as well as stinkbugs themselves…and even worse than this outcome would be exposing yourself or others around us who may have allergies/sensitivities/etcetera (i’m not saying we all should always consider ourselves at risk but i do think we need to get better at being mindful about how we treat our hands when touching potentially poisonous substances)
Use an insecticide that is specifically designed for stink bugs.
- Use an insecticide that is specifically designed for stink bugs.
- Make sure the product you use is safe for humans, pets and the environment. Read the label carefully before applying. Check with your local extension office for specific recommendations.
Stink bugs can be eliminated, or at least kept at bay, in a variety of ways.
- Stink bugs can be eliminated, or at least kept at bay, in a variety of ways.
- You can use traps and bait to keep the stink bugs from getting into your home. Many people find this to be an effective way of keeping the insects out of their homes because the traps and baits are easy and inexpensive to use, but it’s important to note that these methods won’t eliminate stink bugs entirely on their own; you’ll need some other kind of control method as well (like sprays or sticky traps).
- Another popular method for reducing stink bug populations is sealing up cracks around doors and windows where they might enter your house. If possible you should also seal any holes in walls or ceilings where they might get inside your home from outside sources (such as trees). This will help keep them out while still allowing air circulation into living areas–making your home more comfortable overall!
While there is no perfect solution for stink bugs, you can take steps to keep them out of your home and away from your family. If they do get in, don’t panic! They are harmless and will leave on their own accord