why do stink bugs come in my house
Stink bugs, during the fall months, look to burrow inside things. During the summer and other months they feed on vegetables, using their mouth parts to pierce the flesh of vegetables and plants, sucking out the juices. That leaves dimples and withered parts of the fruit or vegetable, making them unsalable. They look for places to stay warm (even in California) when the weather gets cooler. They will use cracks in siding, brick and roofing to get into the walls and between the walls of
and other structures. They then sort of hibernate inside there during the cold months, but when the heater kicks on and the house warms up, they can revive and seek out the warmth and end up inside. Given that information, there are things homeowners can do to prevent stink bugs from ever setting up their nests and getting inside. Prevention, of course, is always the best way to get rid of an or pest problem. The following steps should be taken: Seal up the cracks and crevices. Now is the time to make sure hail damage on house siding is repaired. Make sure the holes in siding and the outside walls of your home are repaired. If there are bent or broken pieces of siding or wood with huge gaps in them, seal them up or repair them. This is the best way to stop stink bugs from getting into the walls. Search the utility pipes. Because stink bugs are small enough to climb in through exterior holes left by utility pipes and wires, now is the time to inspect those. Use caulk and other sealants to make sure the holes are sealed off and deny stink bugs access. Inspect your chimney. Often, for homeowners, the chimney is the easiest place for cracks and holes to form. In fact, for a chimney to work, there is a hole at the very top of it where the smoke escapes.
This can provide access to a host of pests, including and, of course, stink bugs. Placing screens at the top of chimneys is a way to seal that off. Make sure the flue is closed when the chimney is not in use and get it cleaned regularly. Repair and replace screens. If you are the kind of person who likes to have the window open during the cooler fall months, make sure to inspect the screens first. If there are windows without a screen, get screens installed. If there are screens with rips, tears or holes in them, get them repaired. Remove window air conditioners or seal up gaps. Window air conditioners often leave gaps around them and they are just big enough to let stink bugs inside. During fall, make sure the air conditioners are removed, but if the temperatures are still warm and you need them, make sure gaps are sealed up. Silicone caulk is strong enough to keep the stink bugs out. Repair weather stripping and door sweeps. Although stink bugs are strong flyers and you may still see them on the sunny sides of your house, they will also crawl on the ground and use any gap to get inside. This includes the garage doors with gaps in the sweeps at the bottom. Also, other exterior doors with gaps at the bottom. Broken weather stripping is enough to allow access, too. Keep vegetation away from the house. Stink bugs are looking for fruits and vegetables. If you have a garden, make sure the vegetables and fruits are picked come fall and the plants are trimmed back and away from the house. Now that fall is here, it s time to prepare for the pests that come with the season. While the summer months are often the peak of pest activity,PPsome pests are more likely to infest your homePduring the fall. Pseek shelter from the cooler temps to survive the winter and for mate, which means an invasion in your home is possible.
One of the common pests we encounter when the weather changesPis the. They are considered a nuisance pest and are most commonly found indoors during autumn. Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (or BMSB) did not exist in North America until about 1998 when the first species were collected in. The invasive species isPnot native to this continent. ThePnatural predators of BMSB Pthat keep their populations under controlPin other parts of the world did not exist here in the U. S. That allowed Halyomorpha halysP to spread fast. Soon the pests were all over the U. S. Stink bugs are very good at traveling via shipping containers such as on boats and trucks. This is how they have become a pest most U. S. states, includingPCalifornia. BMSBPbreed fast and during the fall, they come out in full force and you can see trees and houses full of them. A stink bug is also sometimes called a shield bug. ThePBrown Marmorated Stink Bug, which, as the name implies, is brown or gray in color. They have white stripes and dots across their bodies, too. However, there are also green stink bugs more commonly referred to as Shield Bugs. A stink bug s back does resemble a shield. They have six legs and large antenna on their heads. What Do Stink Bugs Eat? They also have a large piercing mouth part that they use to pierce skin of fruits and vegetables like apples, apricots, peaches, grapes, tomatoes and more. They drink the juices and leave behind sunken, rotten looking marks that make the fruits and veggies inedible and not salable. Stink bugs are notorious for being able to wipe out crops and create tremendous financial damage to farms. Because they can consume so many different types of foods and crops, they are hard to control and they can cause considerable damage.
That makes stink bugsPa very serious agricultural pest in most states where they are found. Of course, they can also do damage to your garden at home, too. If you find damage to the fruit and vegetables in your yard, you might have stink bugs. And if you have stink bugs in your garden, then it will likely be a matter of time beforePthey ll be infesting your house. Why Are they Called Stink Bugs? They are called stink bugs because of their unusual defense mechanism. When they are threatened or their bodies get crushed, they emit a very harsh odor. Usually this is enough to deter predators, but it makes Pfrom inside or around your home challenging. You could end up with a home that smells foul from trying to remove them. During this time of year, stink bugsPstart to appear en masse. They will fill trees and the warm side of your house, basking in the sun. They will cover an exterior wall of a home and they will also crawl into every crack or crevice and end up inside, too. Once that happens, you could end up with a stink bug infestation inside your house. The thing to do is make sure that your home is sealed up. Make sure that screens are repaired and holes fixed. Make sure that there are sweeps underneath garage doors and doors that lead outside. If you do that, the stink bugs will at least stay outside and not end up spreading their smell indoors. Of course, if there are just too many stink bugs around your home, then. EhrlichPspecialists are trained to deal with pests old and new, including the recent invaders called stink bugs. They will carefully remove them and then offer advice on how to prevent them from returning.
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