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Stink Bug Extermination

Every critter has their own story.

The secret of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a proven, cost-effective strategy to combat pest problems without unnecessary pesticide use, is to understand the life-cycle of the pest that is pestering.

What do stink bugs look like and why are they concerning?

Stink Bugs are winged, shield-shaped insects that belong to the order Hemiptera. They have three body segments, two antennae, and six legs that protrude from the sides of their body.

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They have wings that are leathery near the head and membranous near the rear. Stink Bugs are almost as wide as they are long. They range in color and size depending on their species. The most commonly encountered species in the U.S. is the brown marmorated stink bug. This species can grow up to one inch in length and are brown with grey, copper, and blueish spots. They also have a darker colored brim surrounding the outer portion of their abdomen and have alternating light and dark bands on their antennae. Some stink bug species feed on plants and fruits, while others feed on caterpillars and plant-eating bugs. Stinkbugs can cause immense damage to houseplants, gardens, landscapes, crops, and farmland.

Where do stink bugs live?

During warmer weather, stink bugs will gather in places that have a lot of sun exposure. Some such places include the sides of buildings and around the outsides of windows and doors.

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If they find cracks or gaps, they will enter a building. They usually enter when the weather starts to cool down. Once inside, they will spend the winter living under floorboards or in walls, attics, and crawlspaces. For the most part, they will stay hidden until spring.

Why do I have a stink bug problem?

Stink Bugs, like many other insects, enter into homes and businesses in search of shelter and a comfortable living environment.

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They tend to enter though gaps surrounding doors and windows, cracks in drainage systems, cracks in ventilation systems, poorly screened or open doors and windows, cracks in the foundation, and underneath siding. They will enter homes when cooler weather arrives in search of a warm place to spend the winter. Stink Bugs are attracted light sources, so any lights that are on at night may lead them to enter a home or business.

When are stink bugs active?

During warmer months, stink bugs are happy to live outside. They will typically enter buildings in late summer or early fall when the weather begins to cool.

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They remain hidden during the winter months and become active again during the spring. As they emerge from their winter homes, they can be seen wandering around looking for a way outside. Once outside, they will lay their eggs, which will hatch and develop into a new generation of adult stink bugs. In warmer areas, stink bugs reproduce throughout the year.

What’s the best way to prevent a stink bug infestation?

To prevent Stink Bugs from entering your home or business, it is important to seal any gaps around doors, windows, utility lines, and appliance vents.

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Any cracks in the foundation, drains, or ventilation systems should be fixed. Secure all screens tightly and wipe them with a dryer sheet. Relocate any stones and firewood away from the foundation, and maintain routine upkeep of landscape and weeds. If you believe that you are currently experiencing a stink bug infestation, call EXCEL stink bug control today to schedule your free home inspection and get rid of stink bugs forever.

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