Monthly Archives: October 2017

10 Tips to Prevent Stink Bugs in Your Home

It’s that time of year again where those pesky stink bugs are back. Let’s face it stink bugs, stink! Although there isn’t a pest solution out there to completely eradicate them from your home. There are ways you can prevent them and contain them. Here are 10 Tips to Prevent Stink Bugs in Your Home:

  1. Block their point of entry: Inspect your screens and doors to ensure a tight seal. Stink bugs can get through the smallest cracks and crevices (about an 1/8 of an inch). Make sure to seal any openings you find.
  2. Rub screens with dryer sheets: According to Bayer Advanced, this method has helped homeowners reduce the amount of stink bugs in their home by up to 80{ad5e8aa3ff70a065ec921f73ddc1066dff67ecaeac85a84c725cb4d67ce49b4f}.
  3. Scare them with their own stink: Squish a few stink bugs that are outside your home. The odor from them warns other stink bugs to stay away.
  4. Turn off the outdoor lights: Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so minimize the time your outdoor lights are on and close blinds when you’re home.
  5. Check your pipes and drains: Leaks create an increased amount of moisture and stink bugs will flock to it.
  6. Cut off food sources: Remove their access to food sources by sealing food in containers and disposing of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Also make sure you vacuum up crumbs and clean up spills.
  7. Ventilate: Check ventilation in areas like your basement, attic or garage. Improper ventilation creates more moisture in the air and you guessed it: they’ll flock.
  8. Store firewood away from your house: Keep firewood over 20 feet from your house and elevated off the ground.
  9. Clean those shrubs: Keep your landscaping clean and trimmed to keep these bugs from living in your gardens.
  10. Vacuum (with caution): You can vacuum these pests, but will need to throw the bag away afterwards. If you leave the bag too long, the bugs will begin to release their odor.

Special thank you to Pest World for their insights!