The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has become quite a problem in the Pennsylvania area. It wasn’t always so. These nasty little insects are native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. They arrived unintentionally on storage containers from China in 1998. Since then, the stink bug population has flourished and now is on the list of all pest control companies. As the cooler weather sets in, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug will look for shelter in your homes and businesses. Pest Control Technicians, Inc will share some tips on how to prevent and control these smelly little pests from becoming a problem in your homes.
What Does a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Look Like?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug measures between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch in length. They are a shield shape insect that comes in various shades of brown on both the top and undersides, with gray, off-white, black, copper and bluish markings. The Brown Marmorated Stink bug is more of an agriculture pest that affects produce and flowering plants. However during the time they mate or if the stink bug feels threatened in any way, they will release a nasty odor.
Where Do Stink Bugs Live During Winter?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is more likely to invade homes in the fall than others in the family of stink bugs. The bug survives the winter as an adult by entering houses and structures when autumn evenings become cooler, often in the thousands. In one home more than 26,000 stinkbugs were found over the winter. Adults can live from several months to a year. They will enter under siding, around window and door frames. They can come down chimneys, or any space which has openings big enough for them to fit through. Once inside the house, they will go into a state of hibernation. They wait for winter to pass. However, often the warmer temperatures inside the house can cause them to become active, and they may fly clumsily around light fixtures.
Stink Bug Pest Prevention
Your first step in stink bug control is prevention. Knowing the areas of how and where they can gain entry to your home is key. Make sure those areas are sealed. Doors with proper weather striping, window screens with no cracks or holes in them will help immensely. Put a fine mesh material over your chimneys. For cracks and small openings you may come across, you can use a sealing foam or a silicone caulking glue. After you have surveyed and seal up your home, you can use pesticides. However some of the commercial grade pesticides for stink bugs can lose their effectiveness with constant direct sunlight. So you will want to spray more frequently during the fall months to prevent the stink bugs from coming inside your home. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a flyer, so keep in mind if you want to spray pesticides yourself go from the top to bottom of all entry areas. We commonly only worry about the bottom areas where spiders and cockroaches walk there way in.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Control
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can be a difficult insect to control. If you are having to battle these smelly little insects and are running out of luck removing them from your home, Pest Control Technicians, Inc is here to aid you in your battle. For more information or advice don’t hesitate to ask Pest Control Technicians, Inc for help. We are here for you.