Stink Bugs Are Back But Whatever You Do DON’T Squish Them
Has anyone else noticed the number of stink bugs that are in the Tri-States right now?
Every time I come home I feel like I am surrounded by a gang of stink bugs trying to get in my house before it gets cold. They are harmful, but man are they annoying as heck.
They're not called stink bugs for the flower smells they have, so whatever you do, don't smash them. Although I have smashed a few and don't smell anything. Maybe I've been lucky so far, but I sure don't want to find out. If you do smash the bugs supposedly an odor will be released and it's not something you want to linger in your house. According to Orkin.com, the best way to get rid of nasty insects is through prevention. They like to hide in the fall and winter months in attics and basements and resurface in the spring. Once they get inside your walls they are pretty difficult to remove from the home, unless you want to do some remodeling.
There is a little positive news if they do get into your house or your walls they will not lay eggs and reproduce, so there is no fear of an infestation (see good news), but can reappear if there is a warm few days in the winter. The stink bug that homeowners need to be on the lookout for is the brown marmorated stink bug which won't sting, but if swatted at it will give off that nasty smell. Other than their smell, these unwanted bugs are no harm to humans and pets, they primarily are plant-based eaters so watch your veggie gardens.
These bugs seem to make an appearance each fall and, I've already seen about 100 or more of them while outside and a few inside my house already. Looks like I'll be making a call to the Bugman to make sure they stay out of my house.