As the days become longer and the temperatures warm up spring is just around the corner. With the warmth of spring, bugs that overwintered will be emerging. Among these pests is the brown marmorated stink bug.
Stink bugs are brown, grey or dark green, triangular in shape and are usually around 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch in length. They have alternating light bands on the antennae and dark bands on the thin outer edge of the abdomen.
Stink bugs frequently enter homes during the cooler months in search of a warm place to overwinter and then re-emerge in the spring once the weather starts to warm up. As they start to emerge homeowners may notice stink bugs on curtains, lampshades or other items inside your home. They like to gather in areas where the sunlight is prevelant.
Stink bugs can reak havoc on crops but they are not known to bite and do not pose any health threat to humans. They do however have a tendency to become a nuisance due to invading homes in large numbers. In addition they have a habit of secreting a bad smelling fluid when disturbed or crushed, so caution should be used when handling them.
To Prevent stink bug infestation follow these steps:
- Seal and caulk cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys and other openings.
- Repair or replace damaged screens on windows or doors.
- Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to stink bugs and other pests.
- If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner for their removal and dispose of the bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area.
- If an infestation develops, a licensed pest professional should be contacted to evaluate and assess the severity problem.
- Remember a licensed pest professional can pre-treat structures for stink bugs to prevent stink bugs before they become a problem.
For more information or if you are experiencing a problem with stinkbugs call Johnson Pest Control at 865-453-7587.