Are you familiar with the brown marmorated stink bug yet? Its speckled brown coloring and shield shape are quite distinctive. You'll find them crawling on your exterior walls, clinging to your screens, and creeping in your curtains when the air begins to chill. That is because these bugs, that normally plague farmers and their crops, know that burrowing into your home is their best chance of surviving the winter. It is like a big warm tree--and since they usually overwinter in the bark of trees--it seems only natural to hide in the bark of your house. If you have siding, you're sure to have stink bugs looking for a hole to squeeze in.
Stink bugs are a new pest in Missouri. So, if you've never had to deal with stink bugs, there are a couple things you need to know right off the bat.
Stink bugs stink. These bugs excrete a viscous fluid from their abdomen that has a foul smell to it. If you squish them, it won't take long to realize the error of your ways. The smell of dirty socks and fermented funk will soon fill the air.
Stink bugs stain. The stinky fluid of the stink bug can also stain. These stains can be hard to get out, depending on the material the mark is on.
Stink bugs stink at flying. These are perhaps the worst fliers in the world. That is why you'll get them smacking into your temple as you're walking through the living room. It is not that they are particularly interested in you. It is just that they are unable to avoid even the largest objects strolling in front of them.
Now that you are familiar with these bugs, here are a few ways you can prevent them from driving you absolutely crazy.
Check all your screens for holes or tears. Stink bugs can slip through the smallest of holes--and windows and doors are a popular entry point.
Check around your windows for gaps. Use tape or caulk to cover them.
Examine your exterior walls and foundation, especially around fixtures, outlets, pipes, and air conditioning units. If you find any holes, fill them. Rotted wood is especially vulnerable to all insects. Patch those areas until you can have them properly repaired.
Switch white exterior lighting for insect-resistant yellow lighting, and keep windows covered at night--if you can. Stink bugs are drawn to light.
Cover vents and your chimney with window grade screens.
Have your exterior walls treated by a professional. Professionals know how to mix pesticides, and have the equipment to reach rooflines and high windows. This will keep stink bugs from hanging out on your walls. If they aren't on your walls, they're not waiting to fly in when you open the door, and they aren't exploring your defenses for the gaps you missed.
Stink bugs are new to Missouri, but they aren't new to pest management companies. There are many exclusion methods, and green ways to manage these bugs. Contact the pros at Rottler today, and find out how you can keep stink bugs out of your house this fall.