how to get rid of stink bugsDon’t Let Them In! It’s a line from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village, but it’s shouted just as often by Massachusetts residents in the fall when they spot stink bugs closing in on windows and doors. When the temperature dips, these slow-moving insects invade the home, seeking access to warmer accommodations. This leaves homeowners and businesses with an unenviable task to figure out: how to get rid of stink bugs.

Once unheard of in these parts, the stink bug hitched a ride on a container barge from international waters and subsequently made its way to our neck of the woods. Lucky us. And, while they’re fairly benign and won’t harm people or pets, they’re a nuisance and they’re everywhere.

Smelly Little Buggers
True to their name, the brown marmorated stink bug, or simply the stink bug, can and will emit a slight odor if they feel threatened. But, don’t go getting the skunk spray or tomato bath just yet, it’s not that potent.  The stink bug’s defense mechanism is to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen. If you step on them, crush them, or simply mishandle them, it could trigger a reaction and you may smell a pungent musty odor.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
How do I get rid of stink bugs? The million dollar question that doesn’t require a million dollar price tag.

No matter how hard you try, they inevitably find a way inside. Make sure screens are patched, doors are closed, and attics are buttoned up tight when the weather starts to get chilly. But, when you do find them on walls, sills, carpets, Fido, furnishings, and just about anywhere in your home, they’re not difficult to dispose of.

Pesticides are typically ineffective for stink bug removal. Aside from the ick factor though, these sloth-like moving insects are easy to scoop up and dispose of. To avoid the discharge of secretion that could have you ruffling your nose, dispose of in soapy water to drown these bugs. Too squeamish? No worries. Break out the vacuum and suck these pests right up without getting too close.

Expert Pest Control is only a phone call away too if you need help with stink bug control. Our technicians can help you identify stink bug infestation, and point out risks around your property that may attract stink bugs into your home. We are New England’s leading partner for commercial and residential pest management, and we pride ourselves on helping eliminate seasonal insects, stinging and biting bugs, rodents, and small wildlife in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

For over 15 years we’ve been your local, trusted resource for pest and stink bug control. Call us at 800-235-3093 to learn how to get rid of stink bugs, or other pests, from your home or business this fall and winter.

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