Monthly Archives: October 2015

Overwintering Stinkbugs

Stinkbugs made their appearance in the mid-Atlantic region in the late 1990’s. Not native to the US, stinkbugs made their way over from China and have been a common nuisance since approximately 2004. They are not a danger to humans but stinkbugs are agricultural pests that can destroy crops. They got their name because when killed, they emit an odor that is unpleasant to humans.

In the warmer months, you may not notice stinkbugs outdoors. But when the weather turns cool, they seek shelter indoors, a habit called overwintering. Stinkbugs don’t need much space to come indoors. They look for cracks as small as 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch around windows, doors, eaves, dryer vents, or other openings in your home to get inside. Once inside they seek shelter away from activity and stay there until the weather gets warm. That is why on the rare warm late winter day you might notice stinkbugs appear in your home.

It‘s a misconception that killing one stinkbug will attract more. While their odor is unpleasant, it is not a signal to warn or call for other stinkbugs. Spraying your home for stinkbugs while they are indoors will not kill them. When stinkbugs come indoors to overwinter, they are seeking shelter. They prefer to stay hidden in attics, curtains, and warm places that are generally untouched. Another stinkbug myth is that they come into your home to lay eggs while overwintering. This is not true. The stinkbugs that overwinter are adults. Stinkbugs lay their eggs on leaves outside in spring.

What can you do to prevent stinkbugs from overwintering in your home? Inspect your home for cracks and seal any you may find. The best treatment for overwintering stinkbugs is to have the perimeter of your home inspected and treated. While stinkbugs don’t respond to indoor treatment, treating the perimeter of your home in the fall will prevent stinkbugs from coming indoors. Call Triple S Services at 800-457-3785 to schedule an appointment today.