While stinkbugs don’t carry disease or contaminate your food, they can still be a pest due to their propensity toward vegetation and the fact that they simply stink. The funny thing about stinkbugs is they don’t get any respect. Many homeowners aren’t too knowledgeable about these bugs. It’s time we changed that fact.
The problem with a stinkbug infestation
In a lot of ways, stinkbugs are rather harmless to many homeowners. As previously mentioned, they don’t carry disease or contaminate your food. Nor do they eat your house’s wood. The most noticeable thing about stinkbugs is the odor they produce when frightened or crushed. While there are worse smells in the world, it’s definitely best to avoid it as much as possible.
The only real damage that a stinkbug will cause is to your vegetation. If you have a garden outside and notice small holes in the leaves, there’s a good chance that stinkbugs have been eating lunch there. And if you have plants inside your home, you should be concerned that they will be eaten, too.
Getting rid of the little stinkers
A stinkbug infestation should be tackled as soon as you discover the little buggers. Stinkbugs can be devastating to crops, but even in homes, there have been reports of infestations numbering in the thousands. Imagine thousands of smelly stinkbugs crawling all over your house looking for tasty plants to eat.
The question is, how do you get rid of them to either avoid a stinkbug infestation or stop one in progress?
First, you could try spraying. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and sometimes, the simpler methods can be the best. Spraying pesticides around the perimeter of your home or in a location where you’ve noticed them congregating is a great way to tackle the problem. You can also spray poisons that are safe for plants directly on any vegetation inside or outside your home. Just be sure to exercise caution if you have pets or small children who might come in contact with the spray. Or, if you would prefer not to use poisons in your home, you may want to mix up a natural remedy, such as hot water and dish washing liquid.
Second, it’s important that you secure your home. Stinkbugs get inside your house through small cracks and gaps in your walls, floors, and foundation. Window and door frames are common ways for them to sneak inside, as well. What you’ll want to do is seal all of these problem areas as best you can. If you’re not sure which product — such as caulk, spray foam, or weatherstripping — is right for your situation, you may want to ask someone at your local home improvement store.
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