Stink Bug Info
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) has become quite a common pest in recent years to many residents in our service territory. Commonly referred to as a “stink bug”, due to their unpleasant odor, it was accidently brought over to the US sometime around 1998 near Allentown, PA. Since its arrival, the stink bug has become quite the agricultural nightmare for many farmers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Stink Bugs have infested fruits, vegetables and many crops in the area.
Stink Bug adults emerge from overwintering between May and the beginning of June. They mate and lay eggs from June through September. The eggs hatch into small nymphs that go through five molts between July and September. Adults begin to appear in mid August to early September. Studies have shown that their flights in search of overwintering sites start in mid September and peak during the first half of October. Activity is most common in homes August through December.
How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs
It is difficult to completely rid your home of stink bugs, but you can take some precaution and measures to deter these pests. For starters, make sure when you catch them to not crush them! This can emit their unpleasant odor and possibly attract even more to that area. Secondly, it is advisable to seal up your home as best you can. Place screens over your windows and vents, and seal up your cracks and crevices that allow access to your home for these flat bodied intruders!
Some experience 1,000’s of these buggers in, on and around their home! With some simple fixes you may be able to limit this number.
Potential concerns with Stink Bugs:
Stink Bugs are mostly a nuisance pest to homeowners, as they pose little threat to us other than their odor and overpopulation to several homes.
How Viking can help with you get rid of Stink Bugs:
Viking offers a very effective 3 Step Protection Service that provides treatment to the exterior of your home that will control your stink bug problem. Our Stink Bug Program comes with a 1 Year Service Guarantee which means if the bugs are back, so are we! (At no extra charge!) Give us a call today to schedule your Free Inspection & Estimate!