The Problems Stink Bugs Bring To North Reading Homes
Smells can be inviting, like the scent of a freshly baked apple pie or a bouquet of roses. If you have a good sense of smell and enjoy filling your home with pleasant fragrances, then stink bugs are not the pest for you. Actually, they aren’t the pest for anyone! These invasive insects are just as annoying as they are unpleasant on the nostrils. Here are some problems these insects cause around North Reading homes and some practical steps to keep them out of your living areas.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive bug found here in North Reading and across the globe. Originating in Eastern Asia and brought to the United States in the mid-1990s, this problematic pest is found around homes and throughout agricultural crops. You can identify this intrusive bug by its mottled greyish-brown, hard-shelled, shield-shaped body, six stick-like legs, and long straight antennae protruding from the head.
What Time Of Year Do Stink Bugs Invade Homes?
Stink bugs are year-round pests, but not year-round house pests. What do we mean by this? Well, stink bugs are primarily agricultural pests that live around and feed off crops like pears, cherries, grapes, corn, peppers, and tomatoes. As long as the weather is comfortable, this is where you will find stink bugs. It is when temperatures drop and exterior conditions become threatening that these pests start scrambling for ways to get into structures. They start by congregating on the exterior of homes to soak up warmth and end by invading in large numbers through cracks, gaps, and other entry points.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?
A stink bug, when squished, produces an odor many liken to cilantro. To avoid this pungent scent when trying to get a stink bug out of your home, use a vacuum to suck this pest up. As for their threat level, stink bugs are not dangerous. They do not bite or sting and are not known for carrying or spreading diseases. Stink bugs are, however, annoying and stain furniture, drapes, and other fabrics with their stinky fluids.
Some Practical Steps To Prevent Stink Bugs
Because stink bugs invade homes only to seek shelter and not food, the best way to prevent these pests is with general exclusion practices. Next are some tips you should use to help keep these pests out of your North Reading home during the colder months:
- Install high-quality door sweeps beneath doors that lead out of your house.
- Make sure your home’s weatherstripping is damage-free and installed properly.
- Use caulk to fill in spaces around window and door frames and gaps, cracks, and holes in your exterior foundation.
- Repair damage to window and door screens and make sure they fit properly.
- Turn off exterior lights at night or invest in insect-resistant bulbs.
- Clean out your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.
- Keep your home properly ventilated and use a dehumidifier as needed.
Why Call A Professional When Stink Bugs Invade
If you would like extra protection against invasive stink bugs or are looking for a way to get an infestation of these pests out of your home, look no further than your local pest pest experts at Master Mosquito Control. Excluding pests from homes and eliminating stink bugs are just two of our many specialties.
Call our team now to discuss our comprehensive pest control options and find a solution that will handle the stink bugs around your house fast. If you are ready to be a happy customer, we are here to get the job done right.