Stink Bugs: To Squish or Not to Squish

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We can all easily identify a stink bug, right? They’ve invaded our homes, more likely in the fall, and they’ve been a nuisance flying around our heads and hanging out by sun-filled windows. The brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species originally from Asia, has made itself known across large sections of the United States, including central, Pennsylvania. In fact, they were first spotted in Allentown, Pennsylvania around 1998!

If you come across one, don’t squish it! In fact, don’t flick it, nudge it, or swat at it! A stink bug’s pestilence can survive after death. And you can probably guess how. When disturbed or threatened, these stink bugs release a scent that smells absolutely awful. Those who have had the unfortunate opportunity to get a whiff have debated whether or not it reminds them of skunk odor or rotten cilantro. In fall and winter, these annoying bugs find their way indoors, where their half-inch, tiny bodies sneak through cracks in your home. Good thing they’re harmless, and are not known to carry diseases or be destructive to pets or our home.

If your home becomes invaded with these pest, we can treat for them. If you want a DIY approach, you can try vacuuming them up or leaving out trays with soapy water. The mixture will kill the bugs and minimize any post-mortem secretion. You can help prevent them from entering your home by sealing up cracks that are more than 1/8 inch wide with caulk and repairing any torn screens throughout the exterior of your home. At night, turn off porch lights, which can attract them to your home. Contact us today if these pest become a nuisance to you and your home.