What Everybody In Asheville Ought To Know About Stink Bugs
When it comes to pests, there are those that are harmful to humans and our pets, those that are destructive to our property, and those that are considered to be nuisance pests. One such pest that falls into the nuisance category is the stink bug. Stink bugs are not native to the United States, however, over the last few decades, they have spread throughout the country including here in Ashville. As their name might suggest, stink bugs release a foul-smelling odor when they are threatened or smashed.
They also invade in large numbers, and they are known to damage house plants and gardens. You should take the necessary precautions to prevent stink bugs from entering your home. You should also know what to do should your home become overrun with these smelly pests. After all, you don’t want this invasive species to stink up your house.
Identifying Stink Bugs
Stink bugs are easily identified by their shield-like shape that is a mottled grayish-brown in color. They have six legs, antennae, and are capable of flying. Stink bugs generally grow to be about ¾ of an inch long.
Stink bugs will often enter a home in late summer or fall when the weather begins to turn cooler. You will usually find stink bugs in areas where they can warm in the sunlight. However, you may also find them around gardens and other plant-heavy areas as stink bugs do feed on plants.
Threats Posed By Stink Bugs
Stink bugs do not pose any threats to humans or our pets. Their biggest threat to us is the foul-smelling odor they emit if smashed or threatened. However, foul-smelling as it may be, this odor is otherwise harmless.
Despite this, stink bugs do invade in large amounts, which means an infestation could have you seeing several, if not more, stink bugs in your home every day. Also, if you do keep plants, they could be eaten, damaged, or destroyed by stink bugs. For these reasons, you should want to keep them out of your home.
Stink Bug Prevention Techniques
When it comes to stink bug prevention, your main goal should be to remove any potential access points through which they could enter your home. Other ways you can help to keep stink bugs out of your home include:
- Seal any cracks or crevices in the foundation of your home
- Fill in cracks or holes around window and door frames with caulk
- Install screens in both windows and exterior doors
- Mend any rips or tears in already existing screens
- Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights as stink bugs are attracted to traditional light sources
- Keep gardens away from the exterior of your home so that any stink bugs attracted to it cannot find their way inside
- If you are able to accomplish these stink bug prevention techniques, you can limit the odds of having to deal with a home infestation.
Stink Bug Control and Treatment Solutions
If you find yourself dealing with an infestation or if you have any further questions regarding stink bug prevention, don’t hesitate to contact the trained pest technicians here at Noble Pest Solutions. We have the expertise and knowledge to effectively eliminate any stink bug infestations that you may be experiencing. We will also work with you to take the proper steps to help prevent future infestations.
Don’t let this invasive species spread its foul-smelling odor around your home. Give us a call today here at Noble Pest Solutions