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Heather's Helpful Hint

Those Pesky Stink Bugs
September 30, 2010

I am not an entomologist nor do I have the definitive answer on stink bug control. However, after reading many articles on the internet from technical data to simple suggestions from homeowners with firsthand experience, here are some of the basic things you need to know.

• Stink bugs are a nuisance pest both outdoors and in when on warm fall days they search for a protected site in which they may over-winter.

• Do not squash those armored tanks! In addition to the immediate smell which is released, the odor lingers undetectable to us as invitation to thousands of friends who move in.

• It is best to deal with the stink bugs while they are outdoors. To keep them from moving in, seal any cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes. Use good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Any damaged screens on windows and doors should be repaired or replaced.

• Applying an insecticide can be effective especially if the task of sealing the exterior of your home is difficult. We carry Ortho Home Defense and Bayer Home Pest which have proven to work well but will have to be used weekly while the bugs are attempting to make your home their winter residence.

• Home remedies have been proven to work for some of our employees. One part Dawn Dish Detergent to ten parts water, or the caramel colored Listerine may do the trick when sprayed directly on the insects.

• Adult stink bugs make an early appearance in August and as they search for a winter home their activity peaks in mid September to mid October. Hang in there as the worst should be over in another two to three weeks.

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