How to get rid of brown marmorated stink bug?

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Dealing With Stink Bugs

“Uughh! What is that smell? It’s these bugs! They really smell foul!” We are hearing this more and more these days. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has become firmly entrenched here in the U.S. After being accidentally introduced from Asia into Pennsylvania in the late 1990’s, it has quickly spread across the country and become a major pest to both home owners and farmers alike.

Getting Rid of Stink Bugs and Control for homes

Prevention:
The key to getting rid of and eliminating indoor stink bugs in the spring is preventing their entry in the fall. Once they have entered the home, there aren’t a lot of treatment options. The easiest way to remove them once they are indoors is with a vacuum cleaner; however the vacuum may take on the characteristic smell of the stink bug. If you’ve had them you know the smell.

Mechanical Exclusion:

Mechanical exclusion is the best method to keep stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. Cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings should be sealed with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.
Spraying the exterior of the home early in the fall can offer an additional layer of protection.

Pest Control Treatment for Stink bugs

Products such as D-Fense SC , Cyzmic CS, Bifen IT, Cyper WP, and Demon WP are very effective at preventing the stink bugs from congregating on the side of the home, thus preventing their entry. Timing of the application is important. As the night time temperatures dip into the low 50’s or lower you can expect the stink bugs to arrive. Focus on spraying the south and west exposure of the house. The more surface area you cover the better the results will be. This may require the use of a ladder to reach the uppermost areas around the roof. Remember to use proper ladder safety protocol and, as always, be sure to read and follow all label directions for the pesticide you are using.
So keep in mind that while stink bugs are a nuisance they can be dealt with. It’s not easy or fun to do but avoiding the stinky smell they bring is worth the effort.

When and Where Stink Bugs Are A Problem

The problem for home owners begins in the fall. As the temperatures begin to drop, the stink bugs try to stay warm by clustering on the sides of homes and other buildings. They are particularly fond of the south and west sides of the building because those sides are warmed by the afternoon sun. Many stink bugs will congregate there and they will inevitably work their way into the building through small cracks or crevices, door jams, attic vents, and other gaps in the structure. They are seeking a suitable place to stay warm and spend the winter. Once inside the building, they go dormant and they fully expect to stay dormant until spring. The problem is that every time there is a warm sunny winter day their hiding spot warms up and they think it is spring. After spending the winter months tucked away in the walls or the attic, they have simply forgotten how they got in. In their effort to get back outside they accidently end up inside the home. They don’t want to be inside at all. They are merely looking for a way to get outside. This may happen all at once in the spring, or be sporadic all through the winter and spring, depending on the weather.

Identification:

Stink bugs can range in colors, but are commonly green or brown. They are about 5/8 inch long. The adults have a triangular thorax. All stink bugs have the characteristic five-sided shield shape. Their eggs are barrel shaped . Sting Bugs nymphs resemble adults in shape but are smaller and have contrasting color patterns

Stink bugs give out a foul odor.

Damage:

Stink bugs feed on plants and shrubbery. Generally thought of as an agricultural pest, stink bugs will take up residence around any garden or landscape rich with plants and flowers.

Stink bugs feed on buds and seedpods, sucking juice from plants. This results from badly formed buds and fruit.

Diet:

Plants are the primary source of food for stink bugs. They feed by sucking on the sap from pods, buds, blossoms and seeds. Some species of stink bugs even feed on juices from caterpillars and beetle larva. They are often crop pests on cabbage, cotton, beans, squash or melons.

Life Cycle and History:

Stink bugs do not reproduce inside, therefore they invade homes from the outside. They go through a simple metamorphosis: egg, nymph, and adult.

There are one to two generations of stink bugs each year .Peak population sizes occur in late September to early October. It is during these months that stink bugs may become agricultural pests. Adults are sometimes dormant in the winter, overwintering in logs, leaf litter or other similar habitats where they are unlikely to be disturbed

Nymphs feed throughout the summer and molt to adults in late summer.

The eggs of a stink bug can be found on the underside of leaves in clumps of 20-30 eggs. Adults mate in the spring and females will lay eggs on plants. These eggs will be laid in groups and are not plant specific. The eggs are oval in shape, ranging from light yellow to a yellowish-reddish color, equipped with tiny spines forming fine lines along the eggs. The nymphs, similar in appearance to the adult stink bug, are differentiated by its lack of wings. From the nymph stage, the stink bug will molt (5 stages)before becoming a full grown adult. They take a couple months to mature.

Due to milder temperatures the South has the highest populations.

How To Get Rid of a Stink Bug

Keeping Stink Bugs Out
To prevent Stink Bugs from entering your home, block all points of entry. The same principles used to keep Boxelder Bugs from entering a home apply to Stink Bugs. Physical barriers provide the most effective long-term solution.

You can also apply an insecticide as a perimeter treatment outside your home. This method can block would-be insect invaders from entering your home for several days to a week.

Try these methods –which have been used successfully by homeowners and entomologists –to keep Stink Bugs at bay:

  • Rub screens with dryer sheets –the more pungent the better. Some homeowners have found this can reduce Stink Bugs entering a home by up to 80%.
  • Hang a damp towel over a lawn chair or deck railing overnight. In the morning, Stink Bugs will blanket the towel. Dispatch bugs in a bucket of soapy water.
  • Squish a few Stink Bugs outdoors. The odor warns other Stink Bugs to flee.

Indoor Tactics

When Stink Bugs appear indoors, your options vary based on how many bugs you’re facing. What can you do?

  • Don’t touch them directly or squish them.
  • Stink Bugs move slowly enough that you can catch them and deposit them outdoors in wintry climates (where they’ll freeze) or flush them into oblivion.
  • Grab them gently with a plastic bag to avoid touching them directly.
  • Take an empty water bottle and use the lid to flick the bug into the bottle. Tighten the lid to contain the smell, and place the whole thing outdoors. In cold climates, the bug will freeze. Re-use the bottle for more bug-catching.
  • Prepare a soapy solution for killing Stink Bugs. Choose a straight-sided ½-1-gallon container. Fill it 25% full of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent. When disturbed, Stink Bugs tend to drop downward. Knock them into the bucket from walls, draperies, screens, etc. Unable to escape, they will ultimately drown.
  • Vacuum bugs, and empty the bag afterward. Don’t suck Stink Bugs into a bagless vacuum you use in your home. After vacuuming Stink Bugs, the vacuum will stink.

Many homeowners in the worst-afflicted regions purchase small wet/dry vacsused solely for gathering Stink Bugs.

  • Immediately after gathering bugs, dump the vacuum’s contents into a larger garbage bag and seal it tightly. Open the bag to add more bugs until garbage day arrives.
  • Another technique to try is to wrap a knee-high stocking around the outside of the vacuum tube, secure it with a rubber band, and then stuff it into the tube. Stink Bugs will be trapped in the stocking and won’t enter the vacuum filter. When you turn off the vacuum, careful remove the stocking, holding the end closed. Dump the captured Stink Bugs into a container of soapy water, as noted above, to kill the bugs.

Do not apply insecticides indoors to control Stink Bugs.

  • While insecticidal dust may kill bugs in wall voids, the carcasses can stink and attract other pests, such as carpet beetles, which can damage other things in your home.
  • Applying an interior pesticide along baseboards won’t kill Stink Bugs nor will it keep them from emerging around the baseboards.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Your garden and even your home offer the perfect sanctuary for many pests looking for an ideal place to eat, rest and reproduce. The stink bug population is growing steadily in North America, and the insects have become a serious nuisance to hobbyist gardeners and homeowners. To the agricultural industry, stinkbugs are becoming downright costly as their impact is making a dent in farmers’ bottom lines.

Stink bugs reproduce quickly and can be difficult to get rid of because they tend to cluster together in large numbers. It’s important to eliminate them before they cause too much damage to your plants and crops. Luckily, there are a variety of solutions that can be used effectively against stink bugs in the home and garden.

Timing is everything when waging an attack on stink bugs. Like any insect, eggs are laid in the spring. By late summer and early fall, the presence of stink bugs is quite obvious. They may be present in your garden and can often find their way into your home and vehicles.

Regardless of where you find stink bugs, you likely want to know how to effectively deal with them quickly and safely. There are many natural pest control solutions that can kill stink bugs in the home and are also safe for use in organic gardening. Let’s first take a closer look at stink bugs.

About Stink Bugs

The stink bug is a small insect that looks much like a beetle. It has a triangle-shaped back and long, striped antennae. Its outer shell resembles a brown shield and is covered in what looks like brown bands and spots. The stink bug can fly quickly, giving it the ability to move swiftly from plant to plant. Its natural agility means it can easily feast on a variety of vegetation in no time at all. For this reason it is considered a “mobile pest.”

The stink bug’s scientific name is Halyomorpha halys, and there are thousands of types of stink bugs worldwide. The kind that is most damaging to North America homes and gardens are called brown marmorated stink bugs, or BMSB for short. They are considered an invasive species because they were introduced to North America from Asia during the late 1990s.

It is thought that the BMSB first arrived in the mid-Atlantic region via a shipment of goods from Asia. The species continues to spread across North America in a similar fashion: hitching rides in freight shipments across the United States and Canada.

One of the main characteristics that makes the stink bug such an undesirable blight is the foul smell it releases. As a defense mechanism, the stink bug will discharge a sticky, odorous substance to fight off its predators when it comes under attack.

The BMSB continues to thrive in many North American climates. Its damaging effects on crops and hobby gardens, as well as its general unpleasant presence in homes, has earned the BMSB a lot of attention in the scientific community as people look for control solutions.

Stink Bug Life Cycle

As with most insects, female stink bugs lay their eggs in the early spring. The eggs are usually laid on the underside of leaves. Each cluster can contain as many as 28 eggs. Stink bugs mate multiple times, leading to a female laying as many as 486 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs start out as a light green color and eventually produce immature stink bugs called nymphs, which grow to become adult stink bugs.

By fall, adult stink bugs will begin looking for safe, warm places to hibernate for the winter. This is when they begin to venture indoors and can be found inside homes, buildings or even inside vehicles. They enter through small openings, cracks and crevices and will sleep protected indoors until temperatures warm up again in the spring. It is at this point they will venture to find their mates. In certain regions, there can be as many as two generations of stink bugs per year.

Types of Stink Bugs

There are an estimated 250 different types of stink bugs in North America. In addition to the pesky brown marmorated stink bug, there are other types of stink bugs that look similar:

  • Brown stink bug
  • Dusky stink bug
  • Green stink bug
  • Spined soldier bug
  • Rough stink bug
  • Western conifer-seed bug

Other types of stink bugs aren’t causing quite as much damage as the BMSB, but they’re certainly a nuisance in the home and garden as well.

Where Are Stink Bugs Found?

Stink bugs cause damage to larger agricultural crops, but they’re also commonly found in urban landscapes. They are known to reside in backyards, hobby gardens and along roadsides. They’re also known to infest homes, buildings and vehicles. Stink bugs have made their way across almost all of the United States, but the bulk of the population resides in the southern and eastern regions of North America.

How Stink Bugs Get Inside a House

Stink bug infestations can occur in the home after the pests have found themselves indoors for protection. Older homes with poor insulation and foundation or window sealant cracks are ideal for inviting in stink bugs. They will reside in walls or under carpeting while they go dormant throughout the winter season. Once they wake out of their sleepy state come spring, you may find yourself with a full stink bug scourge. Though they will not reproduce indoors or cause structural damage, they will be a nuisance because of their movement and stinky odor.

How Stink Bugs Damage Garden Plants

Stink bugs have what are described as piercing-sucking mouthparts. Both adult and nymph stink bugs have a proboscis that allows them to pierce the skin of fruits and vegetables and suck the juices from them. The result is a damaged pockmark and discoloration on the skin of the fruit or vegetable. This will potentially render it inedible and unmarketable for farmers because the damaged skin leaves the fruit or vegetable flesh in a hardened state.

Stink bugs love citrus fruits, but won’t turn down a selection of vegetable crops such as corn. They’ve even been known to damage shade trees and ornamental plants.

How Stink Bugs Damage Farm Crops

According to reports by the USDA-funded research group StopBMSB.com, stink bugs have spread to over 42 states. In seven of these states, brown marmorated stink bugs pose a severe risk to agricultural production, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. In their native countries of China, Taiwan and Japan, brown marmorated stink bugs are known to consume a variety of citrus fruit plants like peaches, apples and pears. In North America, stink bugs have adapted their appetites to include many more varieties of food vegetation like tomatoes and corn.

The stink bug was first reported in North America in the late 1990s in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since then, a population boom of BMSB has left farmers and others employed in the agricultural sector feeling the economic damage caused by these pests, which have consistently destroyed a wide variety crops.

According to research performed by Texas A&M AgriLife, stink bugs have caused serious damage to soybean crops in Texas and other southern states. It is estimated that there are over 50 types of stink bugs found in soybean crops alone.

Stink bugs are naturally agile. In fact, a stink bug can fly up to 75 miles in one day, meaning it has no problem targeting complete fields of crops. Its ability to move from field to field leaves agricultural areas with detrimental damage to multiple crops in one region.

What Eats Stink Bugs?

When an invasive species begins to explode in population, it can be quite risky because, at first, there are no natural predators to prey on them. In their native region, the stink bug’s natural predator is a small parasitic wasp that will use their eggs as a host. In North America, however, stink bugs don’t have any natural predators of any prevalence yet.

As the population of BMSBs continues to grow in North America, we are beginning to see signs of limited predatory activity against them. Research completed by students at Virginia Tech University found that a similar species to the parasitic wasp found in Asia has been preying on stink bug eggs in a soybean field. It has also been recorded that certain bird species have preyed on stink bugs as well.

Research is still being conducted to determine the type of impact certain natural predators can actually have on the BMSB population. Studies will continue to show the impact throughout different settings like agricultural lands, forested areas and other unmanaged landscapes.

How Do You Get Rid of Stink Bugs?

If you’re ready to learn how to get rid of stink bugs in the house or garden, remember that prevention is key. If you’re concerned about an infestation in your home, be sure to take proactive measures. Seal all cracks in your windows and doorways. There may also be cracks in the flooring, baseboards and ceiling light fixtures through which insects can enter. It’s also advised to replace or repair any damaged window screens.

Many people decide to vacuum stink bugs away, but this may cause them to release their foul stench. Do not use pesticide products indoors because they contain harmful chemicals. A stink bug infestation in your home or garden can be controlled without the use of pesticides. By using products designed specifically to trap and kill stink bugs, you can eliminate your pest problem in your home and yard. Safer® Brand offers a variety of stink bug control products including traps, sprays and other products.

Best Ways to Eliminate Stink Bugs

Safer® Brand’s End ALL® Insect Killer is a stink bug control product that combines insecticidal soap, pyrethrin and neem oil to eliminate your household pest problem. End ALL® will kill stink bugs in all stages of development.

Apply End ALL® every 7-10 days when stink bugs are present and continue to reapply as needed to prevent further infestations. Spray the surface evenly and be sure not to drench plant leaves to the point of liquid runoff.

End ALL® is OMRI Listed® and is compliant for use in organic gardening. Use End ALL® to quickly eliminate stink bugs in your home and or garden.

Stink Bug Traps

You many also be interested in Safer® Brand’s Stink Bug Magnet, which is an outdoor trap to attract and catch stink bugs without the use of dangerous chemicals. The Stink Bug Magnet is for use in your garden without worrying about damaging plants and crops.

By releasing pheromones, this outdoor trap will lure stink bugs from up to 30 feet away. You can place the Stink Bug Magnet on the ground in your garden to attract nymph stink bugs and trap them. You also have the option of hanging the Stink Bug Magnet from a tree with the included hanging mechanism.

Unlike other stink bug traps available, the Stink Bug Magnet works immediately and lures bugs quickly by releasing the pheromone much faster. The Stink Bug Magnet’s lures are replaceable, allowing you to continue refilling and using the trap as often as needed.

Diatomaceous Earth Will Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Diatomaceous Earth kills a variety of insects, including stink bugs. It is a dust-like powder that contains a mixture of crushed fossilized algae (diatoms) that are sharp to insects with exoskeletons. When these insects encounter the Diatomaceous Earth powder, it cuts open their exoskeletons. This eventually causes them to dehydrate and die. Because this product contains no man-made chemicals, the insects will not develop a tolerance and therefore will never build up a resistance like they do with certain chemical-based products.

You can use Diatomaceous Earth indoors or outdoors to eliminate your stink bug problem wherever it is occurring. As long as the powder stays dry, it will continue to work.

Complete List of Stink Bug Control Solutions

Choose gardening products that will help protect your health and reduce damage on the environment and you can minimize the risk of developing illness in yourself and your family. Products that are compliant for use in organic gardening are also beneficial to your soil because they enrich it with vitamins and nutrients that encourage plant growth.

Many of Safer® Brand’s stink bug and insect control products are compliant for use in organic gardening. If you want to eliminate pests while protecting the health of your plants, fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs, consider Safer® Brand. Our online store houses plenty of products that will eliminate stink bugs and other invasive species from your home and garden.

Stink Bug Controls

Where is Your Stink Bug Infestation?

Stink bug control has alot to do with the location of your stink bug infestation.

Indoor Stink Bug Solutions:

There is nothing worse then having stink bugs invade your home and eliminating stink bugs in your home is a tough task. Luckily, we have the Victor® Ultimate Stink Bug Trap as a poison free solution to eliminate stink bugs.

Outdoor Stink Bug Solutions:

Stink bugs have been known to completely ravage gardens and other outdoor crops, making your outdoor living space a haven for stink bug breeding. This is the reason why we have released the Safer® Brand Stink Bug Magnet. This fast release pheromone attracts stink bugs faster then competitor traps and traps more stink bugs then any other trap on the market.

Kill Stink Bugs on Contact:

When you need to eliminate the stink bugs on contact, there is only 1 solution! Safer® Brand End ALL® can eliminate stink bugs through the combination of insectical soap, pyrethrin, and neem oil.

What is A Stink Bug Killer for Use in Organic Gardening?

The most effective stink bug killer on the market is Safer® Brand End ALL® can eliminate stink bugs through the combination of insectical soap, pyrethrin, and neem oil. This OMRI Listed® solution is compliant for use in organic gardening.

Another way to eliminate stink bugs is using the Safer® Brand Stink Bug Magnet. The Stink Bug Magnet features a quick release pheromone to attract and trap stink bugs quickly.

How Does This Stink Bug Trap Work?

The Victor® Ultimate Stink Bug Trap uses a slow release pheromone and warm light made popular by our Ultimate Flea Trap. The combination of pheromone and heat make for the perfect haven to attract stink bugs in your home.

The Stink Bug Magnet uses a fast release pheromone to quickly trap stink bugs in the more competitive outdoor environment. This trap’s color and pheromone prove to be the perfect combination for stink bug control.

How Does This Stink Bug Spray Work?

Safer® Brand End ALL® eliminates stink bugs by using a combination of insecticidal soap, pyrethrin, and neem oil extract. Pyrethrin works to break down the insects hard exoskeleton, and insecticidal soap breaks down the waxy membrane inside the exoskeleton, killing the insect through dehydration. Neem oil extract works by suffocating the insect. This provides you with 3 ways of eliminating these stinky pests.

When is the Best Time To Use a Stink Bug Trap?

The Ultimate Stink Bug Trap should be used at the first sign of stink bugs and can be kept on year round as a preventative and early detection device.

The Stink Bug Magnet should be used at first sign of stink bugs in your garden and other outdoor environment.

When is the Best Time to Use Stink Bug Spray?

Safer® Brand End ALL® is a contact killer and should be used at first sign of infestation. Since Safer® Brand EndALL is an organic stink bug control product registered by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) as well as proudly displaying the USDA National Organic Program ‘For use in organic gardening’ seal.

Why Choose a Natural Solution When Fighting Stink Bugs?

Natural solutions break down quickly into their natural elements. They are preferable to chemical pesticides that leave residuals where they are sprayed causing long-term detrimental affects on the environment.

Natural Predators

What Eats a Stink Bug in North America?

Stink bugs have no natural predators, which makes them even more difficult to get rid of.

What Can You Do to Control Stink Bugs?

Since Stink bugs have virtually no natural predators, consumers are forced to use pesticides to eliminate these pests. Products such as Safer® Brand End ALL® can eliminate stink bugs without leaving harmful residuals.

Safer® Brand leads the alternative lawn and garden products industry, offering many solutions that are compliant with organic gardening standards. Safer® Brand recognizes this growing demand by consumers and offers a wide variety of products for lawns, gardens, landscapes, flowers, houseplants, insects and more.

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A few years ago no one heard about the marmorated stink bug and paid no attention to its existence. There are hoards of similar insects in the gardens including stink bugs: they can be distinguished from other pests by their strong unpleasant smell, which is very difficult to get rid of.

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The marmorated stink bug is rapidly spreading across all territories, across countries and continents. A stink bug is omnivorous and unpretentious in terms of living environments, that’s why it quickly adapts to new locations and reproduces rapidly.

Who can face the invasion of stink bugs?

First and foremost, the question of how to get rid of stink bugs concerns owners of gardens, kitchen gardens, farmlands and fields. But urban dwellers are also not protected from the stink bug infestation. Stink bugs can fly into the apartment, crawl into hard-to-reach places and cause discomfort with their unpleasant smell and repellent appearance.

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So what is a marmorated stink bug, and what harm can it cause?

The issue of the garden pests

The problem of pests is not unfamiliar to those people who are involved in gardening or grow fruits and vegetables in their gardens. There are hoards of these insects including stink bugs, they attack certain plants and herbs. To control and fight pests insecticides are produced. By studying each species of pests, scientists have developed a number of chemicals that effectively fight them. If you apply specific preparations strictly according to the instructions and within the indicated time, you can achieve good results in fighting pests and save the harvest.

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But now there are pests that scientists had not yet studied and hadn’t chosen the means to fight them. These are marmorated stink bugs. They became known in 1996, when they began to spread actively from Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Vietnam to the USA. By 2014, stink bug infestation captured 34 states of America and southern provinces of Canada.

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There are no barriers for stink bugs: they fly to new places by themselves, they arrive on other continents inside the infected vegetables and fruits. In 2007, marmorated stink bugs appeared in Switzerland, in 2010 they were found in New Zealand and England. In 2014, the insects were seen in Georgia and in Russia. And since 2015, a mass reproduction outbreak and migration of stink bugs in the humid subtropics of Russia has been registered.

What do stink bugs eat on and how do they live?

To fight against such a dangerous pest, we must learn to recognize it. Often in the gardens, there are insects that look much like the marmorated stink bug:

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  • Soldier shield bug: this insect has a body of a pronounced pentagonal shape, the shield is colored in the form of clear outlines brown and light spots. It feeds on the fallen decaying leaves and is not harmful.
  • Green shield bug (does harm to raspberries, gooseberries, also can live on alder, birch, larch, elm). In the majority of cases, it is an insect of bright green color with brown wings.
  • Corn bug: this is a brown-colored pest, its body is oval in shape. The insect harms vegetables and grain varieties.
  • The birch shield bug lives in deciduous forests, feeds on young greens.
  • The Italian striped bug has a coloring of red and black stripes, stands out for its appearance among all the others. It is not harmful, feeds on the fallen leaves.
  • Elm stink bug is a resident of big cities, lives on elm trees, can fly through windows into apartments.

All varieties of shield bugs have a strong unpleasant smell, which they use to scare off enemies. However, any kind of a shield bug do not do as much harm as a marmorated stink bug.

What does a stink bug look like?

A stink bug belongs to the family of shield bugs, therefore, its body is covered with a very strong chitinous shield. The body of a stink bug is pear-shaped, about 15-17 mm long. From the top the insect is of brown color with a pattern similar to marble. Hence the name — a marmorated stink bug. The bottom of the insect is light in color, and the distinctive feature of a stink bug is the characteristic white rings on the antennae and legs.

What do stink bugs eat?

Marmorated stink bug is omnivorous. A stink bug eats green sprouts of any garden crop, on fruits of trees, vegetables, grapes. The pest punctures the external tissue of the plant or fruit with its proboscis, injects a special enzyme and sucks out the juice suitable for digestion. The list of favorite food that stink bug eats includes citrus, feijoa, grapes, apples, pears, hazelnuts, paprika, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, corn. Moreover, a stink bug uses both sprouts and fruits.

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Where do stink bugs live and hibernate?

Marmorated stink bugs are unpretentious in the choice of habitat, too. They can settle in the house, in animal burrows, in birds’ nests, at farms, in barns, in cellars. Stink bugs feel great both in the heat and in the damp. They do not need any special conditions, they adapt to any environment, to any changes of the weather.

Stink bugs prefer to hibernate in human dwellings, in buildings, in shelters. They can find a way into the house through cracks or open windows. Often they hide in folds of hanging drying clothes, and then, the owners bring insects into the house together with clothing. If stink bugs can not get into the room, they make their way under the siding, into the gaps of the cladding and wait out the frost. There were cases when several thousand of insects penetrated the house. Feeling the warmth, stink bugs persistently climb into the rooms, gather around lamps, get under the sofas and beds, and find secluded places.

How do stink bugs reproduce their kind?

Reproduction of marmorated stink bugs occurs in the spring, starting from the middle of April. The female lays 20-30 eggs, measuring 1.3-1.6 mm, attaching them to the inner side of the leaf. This does not allow to detect the eggs and destroy them in time. The development takes 35-45 days. Over the summer the stink bug female manages to breed 3-4 generations. Larvae, like adults, are omnivorous and feed on the same plants and fruits.

Do stink bugs have enemies?

Most regrettably, there is no natural stink bug killer. Birds do not peck this insect because of the disgusting stink bug smell, which reminiscent of a mixture of the skunk smell and cilantro. Of all the birds, only ducks can stand a stink bug smell and peck up this bug. Chickens that peck up stink bugs become uneatable because their meat becomes smelly.

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A stink bug killer is a locust. Wasps can kill these pests as well. But there is no sense in such assistants: locusts do even more harm than stink bugs, while wasps parasitize on the stink bugs’ eggs, preventing their intensive reproduction. But the following problem after stopping a stink bug infestation will be getting rid of wasps.

Why are stink bugs dangerous?

The fact that stink bugs eat everything leads to the harvest failures of fruit, citrus, vegetables, shrubs, and cereals. These pests can not be stopped by anything. Stink bugs eat more than 100 species of fruit, berries, vegetables, and cereal crops.

How to reveal a stink bug infestation?

While examining the plants, you can identify the presence of the stink bugs: green sprouts wither and die, necrosis appears on the trunks of trees, the surface is tuberiferous with soft tissues under the bark. Damaged fruits and vegetables are rotting or fall off unripe. There are small punctures in the form of dots on the fruits caused by a stink bug infestation. If the insect damaged the fruit spur, it loses shape and fall off.

What harm does a stink bug infestation cause?

By puncturing the tissues with its proboscis, the stink bug causes the disease of the fruit, the ingress of bacteria, and the following rotting. After injecting its enzymes into vegetables or fruits, the stink bug sucks out the juice, and as a result the fruit loses its taste and is unsuitable for food.

By puncturing the tissues with its proboscis, the stink bug causes the disease of the fruit, the ingress of bacteria, and the following rotting. After injecting its enzymes into vegetables or fruits, the stink bug sucks out the juice, and as a result the fruit loses its taste and is unsuitable for food.

If the marmorated stink bug has damaged the vineyard, then such berries won’t be suitable for making wine.

Are stink bugs dangerous for people?

The stink bugs constitute the most threat to the harvests. There is no harm for people, but if a stink bug finds its way into the room, an allergic reaction may occur. If the insect makes it onto the bed or hygiene items, it can cause itching or rashes. The stink bug smell spread from the stink bug remains on objects, on belongings, on the body. And if you accidentally smash the insect, you’ll have to ventilate a room for a long time to get rid of the stink bug smell . Even repeated washing of hands will not redeem the stink bug smell if you touch or take a bug.

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When detecting stink bugs in house or when they are invading the room, it is necessary to apply a sparing way of removing them. You can collect stink bugs with a vacuum cleaner and dump them out onto the street into a jar of kerosene. It’s not recommended to smash them, because the stink bug smell can cause an allergic reaction, up to the Quincke’s disease.

Do stink bugs bite?

Marmorated stink bugs do not bite people. Though their proboscis is made to pierce the fruit, their jaws are not designed for biting. For the same reason, with the stink bug bite infectious diseases and viruses are not transmitted.

How to get rid of stink bugs

Stink bugs are resistant to the majority of insecticides. Therefore, it’s impossible to get rid of stink bugs with chemical preparations suitable for other insects. In small garden areas to prevent a stink bug infestation, physical elimination is used (the bugs are collected manually).

In addition to the eradication of adults, we must also fight their larvae. The most effective preparations to get rid of stink bugs include:

  • Karate Zeon, micro-suspension, is the most effective stink bug killer that eradicates adult stink bugs and their larvae. The active substance is lambda-cyhalothrin.
  • How to use? The stink bug killer substance is sold in ampoules of 4 ml and is mixed with 10 liters of water. Two-time treatment is performed to eradicate adult stink bugs and larvae.
  • Kliper (emulsion concentrate, Talstar) is a stink bug killer with bifenthrin used as the active ingredient.
  • How to use? 6 ml of the stink bug killer substance is mixed with 10 liters of water. 1 treatment is required to get rid of stink bugs. Effective for the protection of vegetable crops: tomatoes, cucumbers.
  • Carbofos or chlorophos are applied according to the instructions.

Tips

Any anti-pest treatment is best conducted in early spring when insects have weak immunity after winter and it is easier to get rid of stink bugs.

  • It is compulsory to observe safety precautions when working with chemicals.
  • Use preparations strictly according to the instructions.
  • At home, use chemicals with extreme caution, especially if there are small children or pets.
  • When using preparations to get rid of stink bugs larvae, it should be born in mind that the first larvae appear in mid-April — early May. The treatment to cease a stink bug infestation must be processed during this period, even if you have not noticed a large invasion of marmorated stink bugs.
  • Subsequent treatments to get rid of stink bugs should be performed at intervals of 35-45 days, since females lay eggs at this interval.
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The problem of marmorated stink bugs in house

In addition to harm in the garden, a marmorated stink bug can find its way inside the house and cause damage. Its appearance and the disgusting stink bug smell will bring inconveniences to dwellers. The stink bug infestation can be so massive that it will be impossible to get rid of stink bugs.

How do they enter the house and what do stink bugs eat?

Stink bugs crawl into the house to hibernate when the temperature outside becomes uncomfortable for them (below +15). Feeling the warmth, they find their ways into the rooms through the windows, doors, and cracks. Stink bugs hide in the cellars, pantries, bookcases. In 2016-2017, these insects practically attacked houses in many regions: hoards of them crawled into the houses, and it was impossible to get rid of stink bugs.

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What do they feed on inside the house?

Inside the house, the shield bugs usually do not cause any harm. They do not eat food, they do not eat at all, they do not reproduce and simply hibernate. However, the stink bug smell which is produced and their repulsive look bring a lot of trouble to the house owners.

How to get rid of stink bugs inside the house?

The best solution is to not let pests inside the house. In order to do this, several conditions must be fulfilled:

  • Repair all cracks;
  • Install anti-mosquito screens on the windows;
  • Keep the house doors closed;
  • Install ventilation screens in the cellars and storerooms;
  • Carefully inspect and shake out all things brought from the outside.

If stink bugs have entered the house despite all the precautions, do not panic. They are not dangerous for humans. Even with its impressive size, the stink bug does not attack people, does not bite or transmit diseases. But if you don’t want to ventilate the room, don’t smash or touch the stink bug with bare hands. If it is a single bug, carefully brush it off into a paper bag and turn into a stink bug killer outside. If there’s a stink bug infestation in the room, then you can use a vacuum cleaner to collect them all.

Please, remember that if your vacuum cleaner is equipped with a bag, the stink bug smell will remain for a long time, and you will smell the stink with every cleaning. It is better to use a vacuum cleaner with a removable container to get rid of stink bugs. After collecting insects in such a way, they must be shaken out into a jar of kerosene or be burned outside. A large number of smashed stink bugs can cause an allergic reaction.

If a stink bug infestation takes a catastrophic size, you can use the same stink bug killer methods as in the garden. But be sure to take into account that these are potent chemicals, and ensure that there are no children or pets in the room.

Traditional remedies and preventive measures

When trying to get rid of stink bugs, numerous traditional remedies are used. But the marmorated stink bug reacts little to various deterrents, herbal and onion infusions. And yet, garden owners who do not want to poison their crops with chemicals try to use traditional stink bug killer remedies.

  • One of the common methods is a stink bug trap with the smell of alcohol. A strong alcoholic beverage (chacha) is poured into a bottle, and it is suspended in places of pest accumulation, on fruit trees. Stink bugs crawl into in a bottle attracted by the scent, get into a stink bug trap, and die.

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Rescue! trap was designed for catching brown marmorated stink bugs both in your house during winter months and in your garden in summer. It uses pheromones as the primary attractant with a 30-foot radius of action. The bugs get inside the cone and can never go back. After trapping they quickly dehydrate without water or food and die. The pheromone attractant supply that goes with the trap will last for about four weeks; then you’ll have to install a new one. Refills with nine-week attractor supply are sold separately.

If you use Rescue! trap in your garden from early spring to early fall, you will notice the garden infestation twice or thrice reduced. Besides, being a stronger attractor than warmth, this trap will keep the bugs from coming to your house. In-house use has also proved useful. Its usage is completely safe and odor-free for humans.

You can hang Rescue! trap from a tree in a 20-feet radius from your home or simply put it on the floor or the windowsill if you decide to use it indoors. Its green fins must be secured to the tree trunk or any other object you choose to let the bugs easily crawl into.

Pros: Cons:
  • non-toxic and odorless;
  • can be refilled;
  • suitable for indoor and outdoor use;
  • controls severe infestation.
  • needs regular refill;
  • bugs leave their pheromone trail on the way to the trap.
  • Spraying the garden with a stink bug spray made of water mixed with kerosene, turpentine, or vinegar. This method scares off not only pests but also all useful insect pollinators. Plus, the fruits will become smelly and uneatable after using this stink bug spray.

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This spray has a bed bug formula but works just as great with stink bugs. All you have to do is disperse it around stink bugs’ points of entry to your home and give it some time. It’s also perfect for the direct contact, so you can spray the bugs every time you see them. It has three main ingredients: Pyrethroid, Imidacloprid, and a synergetic agent that helps to activate those two. With Ortho Home Defense you get to cover even the bugs resistant to one of the pesticides.

All the ingredients are safe for humans, but you still should be careful when spraying it in your kitchen or someplace with food. If the food has been exposed, it must not be eaten. Imidacloprid may cause harm to some animals, so it’s better not to spray it nearby your pets. The fish tanks must be isolated as well.

Stink bugs move at a slow pace which makes them a perfect aerosol target. Aerosol acts fast and can hold its effect for up to five hours. Depending on the scale of your stink bug infestation, you may choose between a small (3 oz.) and large (18 oz.) sizes. If the bug infestation is severe, it may take a few weeks of regular use. Ortho Home Defense will also work on fleas, ticks, bed bugs, ants, spiders, crickets, millipedes, moths, and silverfishes.

Pros: Cons:
  • highly efficient;
  • unique formula works even on bugs used to Pyrethroid;
  • full infestation control in less than a month;
  • suits for eliminating bugs of many types;
  • available in two sizes.
  • may cause harm to you or your pets on close contact;
  • in the most severe cases the elimination procedure must be repeated regularly in the course of a month or even two.
  • To scare the pests off infusions of wormwood, mustard, pyrethrum (chamomile inflorescences) can be used.
  • For the eradication of insects, another stink bug trap can be used, It’s a device made of a lamp, a white sheet and a container with a soap solution. At night in the garden a lamp is turned on, a white sheet (painted metal sheet or paper sheet) is installed next to it, and a container which is a stink bug trap is put under it. Stink bugs fly into a bright light, intensified by reflection from a white sheet, hit it and fall into a soapy solution. They can not get out of this stink bug trap anymore. In this way, you can at least slightly reduce the population of the stink bug.

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Besides pheromones, marmorated stink bugs are attracted to light. With a simple electric bulb on the porch, you can draw them outside of the house. Or you can get yourself an instant insect eliminator that is an irresistibly attractive light source at the same time. Liba has a powerful 2800V grid and won’t let any insect of its sight. This kind is equipment is completely safe for indoor use and will also serve you as a night-lamp. You may put the zapper on the floor or use a chain to hang it somewhere. Outdoor use, however, is possible but not that effective.

Two replacement bulbs are included in the starter pack, and you can always buy additional ones from the producer. The tray is removable so that you can always clean the trapped insects out. The cage wiring makes the usage safe for people and animals.

The bulbs will work through six months of steady use, but be careful when changing them, as they are very hot and may give you jolts. When you turn the zapper off, better wait for half an hour before cleaning it or changing the bulbs.

Pros: Cons:
  • non-toxic and works without chemicals;
  • completely safe for people and animals;
  • works for all kinds of bugs attracted to light;
  • can control stink bug infestation.
  • bulbs need to be changed every six months;
  • high price compared to other means;
  • cleaning and bulb changing can be problematic.

In order to not to have to deal with this dangerous omnivorous pest, it is better to carry out preventive measures.

  • Remove the fallen leaves in autumn, where stink bugs can settle for the winter.
  • In the early spring, check out all the secluded places where stink bugs can hide.
  • Plow beds, dig around fruit trees’ trunks, thereby destroying the pests’ refuges.
  • When green sprouts appear, inspect the lower parts of the leaves. Maybe there is already an eggs’ laying.
  • When detecting larvae on vegetables or fruits, kill them and treat them with deterrents.

The marmorated stink bug is one of the most dangerous pests to date. Its unpretentiousness when choosing a place of dwelling, in food, and its resistance to insecticides makes it invulnerable. To get rid of stink bugs you must wage in all possible ways, not allowing a stink bug infestation and spreading the insects to new territories. Therefore, complex measures to get rid of stink bugs should be applied: the identification of pests, the use of chemicals, the physical harvesting of adult bugs, and their eradication.

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Maybe you’ve been there: it’s summer. It’s pleasant and warm. You’re used to bugs getting into the house from time to time. One night, you find a large, brown bug crawling on the wall. Thinking nothing of it, you grab a tissue and squish it, only to realize that now your room is home to an unpleasant odor. You’ve killed a stink bug.

Thinking nothing of it, you grab a tissue and squish it, only to realize that now your room is home to an unpleasant odor. You’ve killed a stink bug and, if you didn’t know where they earned their name, you do now. There must be better ways to get rid of stink bugs.

Many homeowners consider the Halyomorpha halys, also known as the brown marmorated stink bug or shield bug, as a nuisance because of its obnoxious odor. They enter homes during the summer months and spend winter in the warmth of wall cracks, crawl spaces, and attics.

Come spring, they come out from hiding to go back outside and feed on plants. During this time, you will see them gathering on walls and windows.

There are various ways to get rid of backyard pests, including stink bugs and making your own homemade pigeon repellent.

What Do Stink Bugs Look Like?

Stink bugs come from China and the far East, and the 1990s saw their introduction to the United States. They can grow to almost 2 centimeters long. They come in a variety of different colors depending on geographic location and the type of bug, ranging from brown to green.

Descriptions of their appearance depending on who you ask. Some will call them large, oval-shaped insect, while others suggest that their bodies are shield-shaped. They have a total of six long legs that extend from their sides, making them appear deceptively large. They are pretty big, however, tending to be almost as wide as they are long.

Do Stink Bugs Bite?

Homeowners regularly ask: do stink bugs bite? It’s rare that a stink bug will bite a human being and will only do so when they feel threatened. Stink bugs are herbivores and prefer to feed on vegetables, fruits and host plants like apples, green beans, soybeans, peaches, pears, and cherries.

If you do experience a stink bug bite, you’re likely to experience some pain and swelling, but the bites are otherwise harmless. Many people think that the stink they emit is a poison. However, the unpleasant smell is a result of a liquid they emit to deter predators. And while a stink bug bite is harmless to adult humans, for the most part, it can be dangerous to small children and pets.

While stink bugs are largely harmless, you probably don’t want them crawling around in your home. There are a few ways to get rid of stink bugs.

Tips for Preventing Stink Bugs

  • Use Mesh Screening.
  • Seal Entry Points with Caulk.
  • Wipe Windowsills and Doorways with Scented Dryer Sheets.
  • Weed Your Garden.
  • Kill Bugs Outside to Drive Others Away.
  • (Optional) Plant Wildflowers to Attract Wasps.

Prevention

Exclusion is the best treatment for stink bugs. So, before you ask how to get rid of stink bugs, let’s talk about how to fend them off. If they can’t get into your house (or don’t want to), you don’t have to worry about them.

As mentioned, stink bugs enter homes via cracks in the siding and foundation. To fend off stink bugs use mesh screening over air vents, chimneys, and other susceptible areas. Similarly, if you have holes in your screens, patch them up. Check doors for points of ingress.

Cracks and holes in the walls and foundation can be a point of ingress for stink bugs. Patch points of entry with a high-grade silicone caulk. This should keep stink bugs away for good.

While stink bugs have unpleasant aromas of their own, there are smells they dislike too. Wipe down the screens of your windows and doors with scented dryer sheets. Stink bugs hate the smell, so they’ll stay away.

There are a couple of extra things you can do to keep stink bugs away from your home. Stink bugs like weeds, so get rid of them. Kill some of the bugs outside your home, as the scent will drive others away. And if you okay with the possibility of a sting or two, grow wildflowers in your yard. Wasps are natural predators to stink bugs, so having wasps in the area will reduce the stink bug population.

Release Them

If you have a stink bug or stink beetle as they are often called, in your house, avoid swatting or otherwise antagonizing it, because doing so will cause it to panic and release its odor. Instead, take a plastic bottle and use the lid to collect the stink bug, and then toss it outside. You can also use plastic bags. Using a plastic bottle is ideal, however, because if the bug decides to stink, you trap the odor in the bottle. Once you have the bug, flush it down the toilet or (if the weather is cold) stick the bottle outside, where the bug will freeze. If it’s summer, put the bottle in the freezer for the same effect.

Make a Stink Bug Trap

Stink Bug Trap Supplies

  • 2-liter Bottle
  • Razor Blade
  • LED Light
  • Black Electrical Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • A Long, Thin Object (Pencil, Utensil, etc.)

If you have a lot of stink bugs in your home and getting rid of them individually is impractical, consider making a trap. You can make a trap with a 2-liter soda bottle, LED light, electrical tape, and some supplies you probably have around the home. Here’s how.

  • Use a razor blade to cut off the top of the bottle. Cut just above the label. You’ll be cutting off approximately the top 1/3 of the bottle. Set the top of the bottle aside for the time being, as you’ll be using it later.
  • Wrap the bottom of the bottle with black electrical tape.
  • Set the LED light in the bottom of the bottle.
  • Take the bottle top from earlier and place it upside-down into the bottle. You’ve created a funnel.
  • The sides of the bottle are slippery, so stink bugs will have a hard time climbing. Stick strips of masking tape along the outside of the bottle. The stink bugs will now be able to climb the sides, at which point they’ll fall into the funnel. Once they’ve entered the bottle, they’ll be unable to climb out again.
  • Use a long object to turn on the LED light.
  • Leave the trap out overnight. The LED light will attract the stink bugs. In the morning, you’ll be able to dispose of them.

What About Insecticides?

You’ll want to avoid the use of insecticides in battling stink bugs for multiple reasons. First, adult stink bugs are hardy may shake off the effects. Also, by using insecticides, you expose members of your household and yourself to toxic chemicals that can impair your health. In cases where you’re killing stink bugs in wall cracks, the stench of the carcasses will attract carpet beetles—and now you’ve replaced one problem with another. For that reason, you’ll want to stick to natural remedies.

Home Remedies For Stink Bugs

Garlic Spray for Stink Bugs Recipe

  • Garlic (4 Teaspoons)
  • Water (2 Cups)
  • A Spray Bottle

Garlic

Do you like the smell of garlic? Stink bugs hate garlic. There are a couple of ways you can use garlic to keep stink bugs away from your home.

One way is by chopping up garlic and leaving the bits where you know the stink bugs are entering your home. The other is by making a mixture of garlic powder and water and spraying common points of ingress, which is especially useful if you’ve yet to caulk cracks and holes.

You can also use this spray on your clothing as a homemade insect repellent but know that you might not repel just bugs, but alienate friends, as well!

Vacuum

Sometimes, simplicity is the best route. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up stink bugs. You’ll want to use a bagged vacuum, however. When sucked up by a vacuum, stink bugs feel threatened and release their stink. If you’re using a bagless vacuum, the odor will linger, and you’ll be smelling it for days (if not longer). By using a bag, you keep the smell contained. When you’re finished vacuuming the stink bugs, throw the bag away.

Soapy Water Stink Bug Recipe

  • Mild Dish Detergent (3/4 Cup)
  • Warm Water (32 0z.)
  • A Spray Bottle

Soapy Water

Soap is effective in killing stinkbugs as it breaks down their exterior and leaves them dehydrated. A soapy water mixture can be sprayed directly on the stinkbugs. The safest option is to use a mild detergent, which will take care of the stink bugs without damaging your property or health. The solution only takes a few minutes to put together, and the result is safe, natural, and effective. Best of all, there’s a good chance that you already have the ingredients in your house, saving you a trip to the store.

Hairspray

Hairspray, on its own, won’t kill stink bugs. What it will do, however, is paralyze them. Once paralyzed, you can then drop them into a bowl of soapy water, throw them outside, or flush them down the toilet.

To use the hair spray, spray it directly onto the stink bug.

Neem Oil Stink Bug Recipe

  • Warm Water (32 oz)
  • Neem Oil (1-2 Tsp)
  • Spray Bottle

Neem Oil

Technically, neem oil — pressed from seeds of the neem tree — is an insecticide. It is, however, a natural insecticide, meaning it’s effective against stink bugs and lacks the chemicals and additives characteristic of traditional over-the-counter insecticides. While you wouldn’t want to get OTC insecticides on you, neem oil can actually be beneficial for your skin. Neem oil works by disrupting the feeding instincts of stink bugs, thus starving them and preventing them from laying eggs.

Use neem oil by combining it with warm water and spraying down common points of entry. Points of entry include windowsills, doors, and fissures in your walls and foundation. If you’ve noticed that stink bugs are attracted to certain places in your house, give the area a good coating.

While neem oil won’t kill the bugs immediately, you should notice a decrease in the number of stink bugs in and around your house over the long term.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a type of sedimentary rock used for a variety of purposes. DE contains traces of silica, alumina and iron oxide. In powder form, it is a natural pesticide and works great to kill silverfish , bed bugs, ants and even spider mites. It is also one of the most effective home remedies for getting rid of roaches fast. A chalky powder, DE works by breaking down the exoskeleton of the bugs and dehydrating them.

To use DE, spread it around the inside and outside of your house. Focus on areas where stink bugs seem to congregate, as well as common points of entry such as windowsills and doorways. If you see any stink bugs, feel free to sprinkle the powder onto them directly.

Note: While on the market for DE, look for DE that hasn’t been heat-treated, as untreated DE makes a better pesticide.

Mint Stink Bug Recipe

  • Water (2 Cups)
  • Mint Oil (10 Drops) or Mint Leaves (2 Tsp, Ground)
  • Spray Bottle

Mint

If you’d prefer to use repellants instead of substances that will outright kill stink bugs, but you find the smell of garlic unsavory, consider using mint. Mint works the same way as garlic: the pungent aroma repels stink bugs without killing them. To use mint, use peppermint oil and mix with some water in a spray bottle and apply to points of ingress. You should see a reduction in the number of stink bugs in your house.

Similarly, you can also grind up fresh mint leaves and use them instead of the oil.

Hot Peppers

A hot pepper solution will kill stinkbugs immediately. Capsaicin, the chemical in hot peppers that gives them their signature heat, works by burning the exterior of the stink bugs.

To use it, let hot peppers (jalapenos, habaneros, etc.) soak in water and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray it directly onto the stink bugs.

Warning: Please be careful while handling hot peppers. Be sure to wash your hands before doing anything else, such as rubbing your eyes or face.

Stink Bugs Stink!

Seeing a stink bug in your house can, well, stink. On the bright side, preparation and the right tools mean you can deal with the bugs with little to no drama — and you can do it without exposing yourself to the odor that gives stink bugs their name.

In this article, you learned several home remedies to get rid of stink bugs. You’ve learned about how to prevent them from entering your home in the first place, you’ve learned how to trap them, and you’ve learned solutions for getting rid of them once they’re inside.

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In the early spring, homeowners sometimes find big green or brown bugs crawling on the walls or flying around the windows in their homes. If they don’t recognize the bugs, homeowners might swat them or step on them. They quickly learn why these bugs are called “stink bugs”.

Due to the unpleasant initial experience, most homeowners, upon seeing these bugs again, prefer to use a vacuum cleaner to remove these pests from their walls and windows. However, they sometimes discover that the smell can linger in the vacuum for some time.

Some species of stink bugs invade homes in the fall when the weather starts to turn cool. They cluster on the outside of the home for warmth. When they find holes or cracks, they move inside the home. They find hiding places in attics, crawl spaces, and inside of wall voids.

The bugs stay hidden through the winter. When springtime comes, the bugs start to move around. They seek a way out, but they often come out inside the living space of the home.

Homeowners can help prevent stink bug invasions by making a thorough inspection of the outside of the home. Doors and windows should be checked for cracks and torn screens. Weather stripping can help seal gaps under exterior doors. Attic and crawl space vents should be checked for torn or missing screens.

The most effective control for overwintering stink bugs is prevention. Once inside the wall voids, they are extremely difficult to control. They do not feed or reproduce while indoors but may reappear on a warm winter day or in the spring. Once a home experiences a stink bug invasion, they are likely to have a re occurrence in the next fall. A pest control professional should be contacted help develop and implement a plan to keep this from happening.

How Can I Get Rid of Stink Bugs in my House?

Stink bugs have become a major problem in Ohio and most other states. The brown marmorated stink bug is the one you’ll see getting into the cracks of your windows, in your car, all over the side of your house and eventually hundreds will make residence in your home to endure the winter season.

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys ) is a highly invasive insect that is a threat to fruit, vegetables, and other farmed crops.

Stink Bugs are Invading Homes in the Midwest

Stink bugs in Ohio are active in early summer and then again in the fall until around mid-October. In the fall they are finding their way into your home for the winter. There may be hundreds or thousands of stink bugs that make it into your home and will remain until spring.

“Stink bug populations have increased steadily since the invasive species was first discovered in the U.S. in 1998. The massive amounts of snow and rain seen earlier this year in many parts of the country set the stage for an insect explosion, including stink bugs,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA (National Pest Management Association).

Stink Bug Removal – Early Prevention

How to remove stink bugs from my house? – This is a question we get often. The best method of removing stink bugs from inside the home is to prevent them from entering to begin with. We do this with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), by spraying around your home and windows which will deter the stink bugs from making entry. 2 Applications are recommended starting right now and in mid-October.

Once they’re in your home, it’s best to simply vacuum them up. We do offer a full pest control program which will nearly eliminate your stink bug problem as well as other pest control problems you may have both inside and outside your home. Simply call and ask about our pest control programs 330-861-5038.

As part of our IPM solution, mechanical exclusion is another great way to help eliminate your home being invested with these. This involves sealing up cracks and crevices in common areas where these invasive pests gain entry. Make sure everything is caulked up so these bugs are sealed out.

Common places stink bugs make entry into your home:

  • Eaves and Vents,
  • Window A/C units,
  • Holes in siding and screens,
  • Wall that receive a lot of sunlight,
  • Door jambs and window frames,
  • Any space large enough for a stink bug to fit in.

How Get Stink Bugs Out of Your House

Once they’ve gained entry it’s hard telling how many of them you have. We don’t recommend spraying or fogging an area inside your home due to it killing the stink bugs and then your next problem will be carpet beetles, which feed on the dead stink bugs.

The best solution is to simply keep vacuuming them up or disposing of them as you find them. You can also set up traps for stink bugs that will attract stink bugs if they’re in your home.

Stink Bug Trap

One of the best types of traps is a tin turkey pan with some water and Dawn dish soap and a light shining directly on the water, creating a reflection. This works best in the spring because the stink bug will be attracted to the light more. Once autumn comes, they’re not as likely to seek out light, they’re more interested in heading indoors and making a home for the winter months. Another stink bug trap is shown below:

Where Did Stink Bugs Come From?

The stink bug was never in the U.S. until it was introduced on a an Asian shipment of containers back in the late 1990’s, first identified in Eastern Pennsylvania. Since that time it’s infestation has spread to cover both the east and west coast and will be found everywhere on our continent within the next couple years.

Right now the Brown Marmorated stink bug has been detected in 44 states and 4 Canadian provinces and poses a serious threat to our agriculture as they eat their way through our continent, destroying our crops.

Why do Stink Bugs Stink?

Scientists believe the stink of the stink bug is a natural defense mechanism. If a stink bug is startled or feels there’s imminent danger, it will release it’s odor. The stink may also serve the purpose of inviting other stink bugs to warm lighted areas.

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If you’re having a stink bug problem give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to assist you in prevention and management. If you don’t want stink bugs making residency in your home this winter, call today and we’ll send someone out to do an initial treatment and then follow up in a couple weeks.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Instantly using Home Remedies

Is your house being invaded by an unspeakable amount of stink bugs? These pests typically start their mass invasion in the fall (Sep – Oct) and will emit a cilantro-like odor when they feel threatened. These remedies may help you deal with them instantly.

  • Create a simple plastic bug stink bug trap.
  • Set up an electric bug zapper to zap the stink bugs.
  • Spray the stink bugs with dish soap-mixed water.
  • Vacuum the stink bugs with a shop vac.
  • Set up temporary screens on your windows and vents.

Best Stink Bug Traps & Repellents

Don’t have time to create your own stink bug traps? Try using one of these products to speed up the stink bug removal process.

Wondercide Indoor Pest Spray
This spray uses natural ingredients, such as cedar oil and other aromatic essential oils, to repel common household pests including stink bugs. Spray it directly onto the stink bugs in your house. Make sure you are okay with the scent before you start to spray a generous amount.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Sprinkle a generous amount of food-grade diatomaceous earth (not the pool-grade) along common stink bug entry points, such as windows and vents. This natural powder will eliminate the stink bugs by drying out their exoskeleton.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in the House

Create a simple bottle + LED trap
This is a homemade stink bug trap that doesn’t require you to handle the stink bugs with your own hands. You will need a 2-liter plastic bottle, a small LED light, and black masking tape.

The first step is to carefully cut the upper third of the plastic bottle. Next, firmly attach the LED light to the bottom of the bottle then stick the upper-half of the bottle into the bottom-half so that the bottle top is pointing inwards (like a funnel).

Next, cover the bottom of the bottle with black tape to maximize the focus and effectiveness of the light beam. You want to encourage the stink bugs to fly into the bottle funnel. When the trap is ready, place it in a dark area of the house where the stink bugs are likely to be found.

If all goes to plan then you should see plenty of stink bugs trapped in the bottle the next morning. You can fill up the plastic bottle with soapy water to kill the stink bugs. You may want to set up several bottle traps if you are dealing with a large stink bug invasion.

Set up an electric bug zapper at night
Like many other household pests, stink bugs are attracted to light. Get yourself an electric bug zapper and place it in a dark corner of the house. Plenty of stink bugs will fly themselves to death by coming into direct contact with the electric zapper.

Keep the bug zapper away from the windows as the light may attract more stink bugs from the outside. We recommend the liBa bug zapper, which has a powerful electric grid and a collection tray that allows for easy stink bug disposal.

Spray the bugs with dish soap-mixed water
You can make a very simple stink bug killer by mixing a few drops of dish soap with water. Pour the soapy water into a spray bottle then spray it directly onto the stink bugs.

Dish soap can kill stink bugs by penetrating the bug’s exoskeleton. This will eventually cause the stink bugs to lose their fluid balance and die from dehydration. We recommend wearing safety goggles when you spray the soapy solution in the house.

Vacuum the stink bugs with a shop vac
Vacuuming is a time-efficient way of dealing with large stink bug invasions in the house. We recommend using a shop vac and not your regular vacuum if you don’t want the regular vacuum to smell like stink bugs.

A lot of home improvement stores, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, actually rent out powerful shop vacs. A wet/dry shop vac will help you to kill the stink bugs immediately if you pour soapy water into the collection tank.

Set up temporary screens on your windows
Prevent the stink bugs from flying into your house by setting up temporary screens on the windows, doors, and vents. Ideally, you want to set these screens up before peak stink bug season. The window screen gaps should be as small as possible.

What Attracts Stink Bugs?

Ever wondered why September and October is peak stink bug season? It’s most likely due to these insects seeking warm shelter for the winter months. You’ll find many of these bugs in sunny surfaces and reflective surfaces.

Aside from warmth, stink bugs also seek a readily-available supply of food. They like to feast on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as ornamental plants. You are more likely to succeed with preventing a stink bug invasion if you prevent the first batch from entering your house.

When stink bugs find a suitable shelter, they release a chemical called the aggregation pheromone. This chemical attracts other stink bugs to the area. Your job is to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, your chance of eliminating these bugs quickly is pretty grim.

No, they don’t bite. They are harmless to humans because they don’t have the physical capacity to bite, sting, or carry dangerous diseases. The only nuisance is their odor and the tendency for them to swarm in large numbers.

They may also cause havoc for gardeners by feasting on crops like tomatoes, green beans, and apples. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an effective way of dealing with this situation naturally other than to divert the stink bug’s attention to less-valued plants.

About the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is the most common stink bug species that people across in the states. They aren’t even native to the country. Ever since they arrived, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have grossed out millions of homeowners with many not knowing how to deal with such a large swarm of bugs.

Sam Choan is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.

When the warmer weather starts to arrive, large green or brown bugs known as stink bugs may appear, crawling on walls, or flying around the windows in your home. If you live in a drafty old house, you’re likely seeing them just about everywhere, now that the sun has become brighter and stronger. If you don’t know what they are, you might swat at them, or step on them, but as soon as you do, you’ll know what you’re messing with, thanks to the horribly unpleasant smell.

These pesky little creatures stay hidden throughout the winter, but when springtime arrives, they start to move around, looking for a way out, and in the process, they often come inside one’s home. They also seek out hiding places in attics, crawl spaces, and inside of wall voids. The bugs are rather big and have an oval shape – and, are quite aptly named, from the odor of the chemical that’s produced in glands that are on their abdomen – that awful smell is believed to be a defense against predators. As you probably know, it does a pretty good job.

When it comes to stink bug invasions, the most effective method for controlling them is prevention. Ideally, you should make a thorough inspection of the exterior of your home before they’re allowed to overwinter. Check doors and windows for cracks and torn screens, and consider using weather stripping to help seal any gaps underneath outside doors. Also inspect attic and crawl space vents for torn or missing screens.

Of course, if you’re past the prevention point, what do you do? Obviously, swatting and stepping on them is something best avoided, and pesticides come with their own set of, often worse, problems – after all, you don’t want harmful chemicals invading your home either. Many people decide to vacuum stink bugs away, but that may cause them to release their foul stench in the vacuum cleaner.

While you might think you’re out of luck – there are some effective, natural options you can use for getting rid of those annoying, smelly stink bugs.

1. Seal all access points now

If you haven’t already, the first thing you need to do is seal up all access points so no more stink bugs get in. Fill up all of those cracks and gaps, as mentioned previously, consider exhaust fans, ceiling lights and the backsides of baseboards too.

2. Remove obvious stink bugs

Anytime you see a stink bug, remove it by picking it up in a paper towel or plastic bag and flushing it down the toilet. Be extra careful not to squeeze it, or that bad odor will be released. If you’re worried about them wriggling around, apply some hairspray on them directly which will render them powerless. Make sure to shoot them at a close and direct angle, then you can easily pick them up with your plastic bag or paper towel to flush them down.

3. Make a garlic spray

The acidity and smell of garlic actually offends stink bugs and will keep them far away. Make a powerful stink bug-fighting solution by combining 4 teaspoons of garlic powder with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray around doorways, windows, and any other place stink bugs might enter.

4. Mix up a peppermint spray

You can use mint just like you would garlic. While we may enjoy the scent of this fragrant herb, it repels stink bugs. All you have to do is add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle, and spray it like you would the garlic solution, around doorways, windows, and other entryways.

5. Soap and water

Soap and water may be basic, but it’s a very effective remedy, especially if you’ve got stink bugs crawling on your curtains or walls. Simply fill up a half-gallon or 1-gallon straight-side container about a quarter full of water, and then add a teaspoon of dish soap or laundry soap to it. When the bugs are disturbed, they typically drop down, so you can place the bucket underneath where they are and knock them into the bucket from walls, curtains, screens, etc. with a broom or other brush type of tool. They’ll be unable to escape once they’ve dropped into the container and will ultimately drown.

6. Vacuuming

While vacuuming up stink bugs will leave your vacuum rather stinky if you suck them up into a bagless vacuum, if you’ve got a bad problem with the critters, many people who live in some of the worst-afflicted areas invest in a small wet/dry vac that they use solely for sucking up stink bugs. Right after gathering them up, you can dump the contents of the vacuum into a large garbage bag and seal it up tightly until garbage day – if you find more in the meantime, you can simply open up the bag again and add more.

Another vacuum option to try is wrapping a knee-high stocking around the outside of the vacuum tube. You’ll secure it by using a rubber band, and then you’ll stuff it into the tube. Stink bugs will get trapped inside the stocking and won’t enter the vacuum filter. When you turn off the vacuum, carefully remove the stocking, holding the end closed, and then dump the captured stink bugs into a container of soapy water, as noted previously, to kill them.

7. Neem oil

If you have a garden, and you have stink bugs in your home, you likely have stink bugs that have invaded your garden too. Using a Neem oil solution won’t harm your plants, but it will help keep stink bugs away from them, and you can use it in your home to get rid of them too. To do so, combine two tablespoons of Neem oil with about a half cup of water in spray bottle. Be sure to spray your window panels, doorways, etc. in addition to plants in your garden and anywhere else you might find stink bugs.

8. Catnip

Catnip works similar to Neem oil in that you can use it in your yard, garden and in your home. You can buy catnip powder at your local co-op or grocery store or on Amazon here and then sprinkle it inside your house, and in your yard and garden. If you have a recurring problem, which stink bugs frequently are, consider growing your own catnip to use. You can easily dry it and crush it up to make your own catnip powder.

9. Lemon juice and vinegar

Combine an ounce of lemon juice to half an ounce of vinegar (any type although standard vinegar is cheapest and arguably the best for this purpose) in an 8-ounce container with water. Shake it well to mix thoroughly, and then directly spray it on your windows, walls, cracks, crevices and other areas stink bugs tend to appear.

10. Chili-based spray

This powerful DIY spray is remarkably effective for eliminating stink bugs. You’ll need two of the strongest variety hot peppers you can find, a clove of garlic and two large onions. Chop up the peppers, onions, and garlic and mix them together with a quarter of soapy water in a large lidded pot. Cover it up and allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours. After that period, strain it and then pour the liquid into a spray bottle. You can use the spray as you would some of the others – on any areas where stink bugs enter. The solution will be effective for as long as two weeks, provided it’s kept sealed and stored in a dark place.

11. Pyrethrum spray

The flowering plant pyrethrum, a member of the chrysanthemum family, is highly poisonous to many pests, including stink bugs, and it’s easy to grow from seed. If you have some in your garden, you’ll have your own stink bug fighter right at your fingertips. To use them, hang the flowers upside down to dry in a dark place. Once they’re dry, pulverize them into a fine powder. Combine about a third of an ounce of the powder with 3 quarts water. Allow the solution to sit for at least three hours before using, again, in a dark place. When you’re ready to use it, add a teaspoon of dish soap, and then pour all of the liquid into a sprayer. This solution will kill stink bugs upon contact with any area that’s sprayed.

12. Pheromone Traps

Another option for those who are suffering from a big stink bug problem, with the population appearing to be rather large scale, it can be well worth investing in pheromone traps. The traps don’t use any chemicals but attract the bugs by using a synthetic version of stink bugs’ naturally occurring pheromones, substances that are produced by the insects to help them find each other. The bug will be lured into the trap and will die of dehydration. While these traps are very effective, you will have to replace them frequently to keep a stink bug population under control.

Stink Bug Control and Prevention

Here are the most effective ways to control stink bugs and prevent them from coming back.

Prevent Gardens from Stink Bugs

The most effective method to prevent gardens from stink bugs is to grow herbs like mint, basil, borage coriander, and nasturtium because these plants have the potential to attract other predatory insects which make stink bug their prey. Unfortunately, the use of chemicals in the gardens and farms has not been proved effective and useful. On one hand, organic chemicals, though do not harm beneficial predators, cannot affect stink bugs as these have strong armor which can endure such chemicals. On the other hand, synthetic chemicals can effectively eradicate stink bugs but at the same time these chemicals kill the useful pests as well.

The invasion of stink bugs in homes creates disturbance for homeowners. Although these are harmless to humans, their stinky smell and amassing in larger number pose threat to delicate plants inside the home and become a source of annoyance for the homeowners.

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Common Preventive Measures

Over the years, a few proven methods have been evolved to control stink bugs in houses. Spraying synthetic chemicals inside and outside the home; removing juicy plants from the surrounding of home; and switching off the lights when not needed are some of the ways to prevent stink bugs from entering your home.

Control Stink Bugs in Home

However, if sting bugs happen to find some cracks and enter your home, then some other methods are applied to control bugs. You can use vacuum to suck them out but never forget this will spread pungent smell in your home. Using soapy water to drown the bugs and their eggs is another effective method that helps wipe out the bugs.

Natural Stink Bug Repellents

There are some natural stink bug repellents that are potent enough to help you in getting rid of these relentless bugs. Of them, the most effective natural product one can use is Diatomaceous Earth. While acting as a desiccant on bugs, it dehydrates them and heralds death knell on them. Wherever it is used, it repels and discourages the stink bugs to exist. With the help of Gilmour pump duster, Dustin mizer and hand duster, you can apply the dust anywhere the stink bugs like to rest.

You can also make another stink bug repellent by soaking few shredded cigarettes into water overnight; then add a few drops of soap and spray it over the bugs. Because of its pungent smell, the stink bugs are repelled efficiently.

Chemical and Natural Stink Bug Sprays

Using stink bug spray is yet another way to controlling them. In this method, synthetic chemicals prove more effective than organic ones but one should take into account the presence of small kids and animals because they may receive skin allergens from such chemicals.

Apart from synthetic chemicals, you can apply homemade natural compounds for the sake of keeping bugs away. The advantage of natural compounds in comparison with chemicals is that they are normally considered to be safe and do not destroy delicate foliage. So you can make a mix of oil and water in 1:2 ratio and spray it in the home. As a result, the strong smell of oil will drive the bugs away.

There are two types of stink bug traps: electric traps and natural sticking traps.

Electric stink bug traps are illuminated devices that use electrical current to exterminate stink bugs. Designed in square or lantern shaped, the electric trap boxes consist of a light bulb to attract bugs. These boxes also have a transformer and dual layer of electrified metal. When the bugs fly to it and complete the circuit on contact, it is trapped and killed instantly. The obvious advantage of electric stink bug trap is that it can last for a longer period of time and can be used repeatedly.

The natural sticky trap is made up of cardboard or sticky paper. Cut a square of cardboard, or use an old paper bag. Then use water, corn syrup, and sugar to make paste; for this, you should boil all these ingredients to disperse some water. After making the paste, coat it on the cardboard or paper bag and place this trap at apposite place in your house. Stink bugs will be attracted to the sweet paste and consequently become stuck.

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