There are quite a few pests that roam throughout the country and Pennsylvania definitely has its fair share; from insects to arachnids, and rodents to wildlife, pests are no stranger to the locals. Generally, when pests invade homes they are looking for food, water, and a place to escape the current climate conditions. Pests are often creepy, causing involuntary yelps and gasps to escape our lips when we spot one in our home or workplace. Some pests pose a health risk by spreading diseases, viruses, germs, bacteria and producing allergy symptoms and asthma attacks while other pests have destructive ways. Where some of these characteristics apply to pests singularly or in a combination, in any case, their presence needs to be dealt with! With so many pests to concern yourself with, we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to briefly discuss stink bugs.
Stink Bugs Smell When Disturbed or Killed!
Originating from Asia and arriving in Pennsylvania in 1996, the brown marmorated stink bug are invasive pests that have since spread throughout the country, including Pennsylvania. These insects, much like some species of beetles, ants, and other such bugs, are so named because of the pungent odor they release when they are disturbed or crushed.
Triangle or Shield Shaped Stink Bug Pest Identification
Stink bugs have triangular or shield-shaped bodies that are a mottled grayish-brown color. Stink bugs are about ¾” long and feature antennae and six legs. They have reached out to California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, but are heavily populated in the eastern half of the United States.
Stink Bug Damage
As nymphs, stink bugs will consume leaves, stems, and fruit and once they reach adulthood, the adult stink bugs will typically stick to just eating fruit. In late fall, stink bugs will search for overwintering areas for shelter from the cold winter weather; come the early spring, they will reemerge and become the most active. While they are seeking for the optimal overwintering sites, stink bug adults will frequently wander into homes and other structures. During the warm months, stink bugs will typically congregate en masse on the sides of buildings. Stink bugs are not known to bite people, but are a real nuisance to those with fruit trees or gardens as well as the homes they refuge in during the winter. The biggest threat stink bugs pose, as they continue to spread throughout the country, is the destruction on crops, negatively impacting the agricultural industry.
How to Prevent Stink Bugs & Other Overwintering Pests
Seal cracks around the doors, windows, underneath the wood fascia, behind chimneys, utility pipes, siding, and other such openings with a high-quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk to avoid having stink bugs overrun your home this winter. Additionally, install mesh screens over chimney tops and ventilation areas. Once you have done your part, contact a professional pest control company to perform preventative treatment in the fall before these bugs begin to congregate.
Stink Bug Pest Control
To avoid stink bugs all year long in Pennsylvania, call in the experts of Pest Control Technicians, Inc and let our trained and experienced professionals treat your home or business. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!