Stink bugs are harmless insects that release a powerful smell that can overwhelm the senses. They are usually brown and get up to 1.7 cm in length. While they are not poisonous and don’t pose any serious health threat to humans, stink bugs can be a smelly nuisance for homeowners. The smell is often compared to dirty socks, and if a stink bug feels threatened in your home, it may release that smell and make your home much less inviting.
These pests often enter homes and other structures during the winter in search of food, water, and shelter. Luckily, they don’t do much damage to homes and will not breed inside. They do, however, tend to invade homes in high numbers. Once they make it inside, they may become terrified, especially if you get near them. If this happens, it will cause them to release their stink into the air.
Below are a few of the best ways to prevent a stink bug invasion:
- Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans, and light switches.
- They are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.
- Repair damaged window screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points. Also, consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
- Install screens over the chimney and attic vents.
- Keep branches and shrubbery well-trimmed, and make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from your house.
If you think you may have a stink bug problem, contact your local pest control company. They can help you identify any entry points they may be using and can help eliminate them.