WHAT ARE STINK BUGS?
Stink bugs are large, oval or shield-shaped insects. They get their common name from the odor of the chemical that they produce in glands on their abdomen. Scientists suspect this odor might be a defense against predators. In fact, most species of stink bugs feed on plants. They suck the juice from leaves, stems, and roots of plants. They attack everything from ornamental plants to weeds. The insects pierce the skin of the plant and extract the juice inside.
HOW WE GET RID OF STINK BUGS?
The most effective control for overwintering stink bugs is prevention. Once inside the wall voids, they are extremely difficult to control. They do not feed or reproduce while indoors but may reappear on a warm winter day or in the spring. Once a home experiences a stink bug invasion, they are likely to have a reoccurrence in the next fall.
MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY STINK BUGS:
- Seal cracks
- Vents in attics and crawl spaces can be protected with screen. Any torn or damaged window screens should also be repaired.
- Weather stripping can help seal gaps under exterior doors.
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WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:
Stinkbugs do not prefer to bite people but will if they feel threated. They carry a parasite called trypanosoma cruzi, which is what causes chagas disease. The parasite is transmitted via the bugs’ feces. The insects defecate while they are feeding, allowing the parasite to move on to its new host.