Stink bugs are among the most disliked pests to invade the United States. For the past couple of years, homeowners and farmers have watched as these hard-shelled bugs invade their homes and destroy crops. What makes these bugs annoying is that they seem to be unstoppable and there are a lot of them. Here are a few facts to know about these pests.
These bugs are originally from Asia. The first evidence of them was seen in 1998, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since their discovery, they have managed to spread to twenty-four other states. There are 250 sub-species of these bugs located in North America. Chances are when people refer to these insects; they are referencing the brown marmorated stink bug.
The brown marmorated bugs are characterized by their shield-like bodies and pointed bottoms. They have earned their name due to the scent glands located between their front legs. These glands release a foul-smelling chemical to ward off predators.
Stink bugs are attracted to light and warm places. When the weather becomes cooler, they start to invade homes in search of a warm environment. During the winter, they emit a chemical that attracts others. When they come inside during the winter, they go into a hibernation phase. They do not forage in the house, nor do they reproduce. As the weather becomes warmer, they return to the outdoors.
Anyone whose home has been invaded is probably concerned with how to get rid of these insects. The first step is prevention. Seal off any areas around the house that would allow them access. Apply a pesticide to the outside of the home. If they are in the house, use a bug light trap. The trap attracts and catches them.
Other options for homeowners include sticky traps and vacuums. People who choose to vacuum them should dump it after it is used. The bugs can make vacuums smell very foul. Also, do not squash the bugs. Squashing them causes them to releases their chemicals.
In the past couple of years, stink bugs have become one of the biggest insect nuisances. They invade homes and destroy crops. Understanding them can help people deal with a pest that does not seem to be going away. If you have any other questions about these pesky insects, call the experts at Accuracy plus today at (888) 675-0258.