No, it’s not a dinosaur; it’s a Stink Bug…(officially a brown marmorated stink bug) that came to us from Asia.
In our area, these pre-historic looking creatures are active from spring to late fall.
In the summer, stink bugs generally be found in or near gardens- they really like fruits and veggies. At night, they are attracted to light and may be seen swarming about. In the fall, they are looking for a way in to get warm and hang out for the winter.
Your best defense is a good offense – keep them out! Once they find a way in they tend to return (and invite others) to the same area to hibernate because they leave a scent they are attracted back to.
Be cautious handling stink bugs – they can bite. They are slow-moving indoors and can be captured easily but don’t crush them or vacuum them up – as a defense they will release their odor. At home, we use a paper towel to catch them (so they don’t bite) and then flush them down the toilet. If you choose to throw them back outside – be sure they will find their way back in.
The odor of a stink bug does tend to linger but it can be washed away with soap and water.
What you can do to keep them from hibernating in your home or building:
1) Seal outside areas – make sure windows and doors close tightly and all cracks in your home are sealed.
2) Check your chimneys, siding, utility pipes and underneath wood fascia and seal them up.
3) Damaged screens on doors or windows should be repaired or replaced.
4) Remove air conditioners from the windows when it starts to get cool outside.
5) Screen your attic or soffit vents and fans or cover them up for the winter.
6) Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum – they are attracted to the brightness and the warmth.
Stink Bugs are resistant to many types of pesticides and can be difficult to control, especially if they have already taken up residence in previous years. They have few known predators and can really become a nuisance. If you discover an infestation of stink bugs, you should have an expert identify the type of bug and determine what control can and should be used, if necessary.
If you need help reducing your risk of a Stink Bug invasion, give us a call!
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