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Since 1998, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug “BMSB” has been spreading throughout the United States. The insect was first detected in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1996. Over the past two decades, the stink bug has been making a name for itself. Today, nearly every American child and adult can easily identify the stink bug at first sight.
The unique body shape, similar to a shield, and marbled (marmorated) coloration make the insect easy to identify. Another distinctive feature, not a physical characteristic, the abdominal gland secretion smells putrid. Ask any American what they think about the stink bug and get the same answer across the country. The pesky, pungent insect does not have the best reputation among homeowners, businesses, and average people.
The adult grows up to 0.75 inches (19 millimeters) in length.
Do Stink Bugs Transmit Disease?
No, stink bugs do not spread diseases or stink. Their biggest issue is the secretion utilized to ward off predatory pests and animals. Unless, you want to be dealing with a stinky secretion that stains upholstery and other materials, never crush a stink bug.
How To Safely And Efficiently Eradicate A Stink Bug Infestation?
Stink bug infestations are rare. However, they are not unheard of in the fall season. This is when the insects prepare for overwintering. Stink bugs cluster together while searching for vulnerable buildings to overwinter in. Cracks and crevices as large as ¾ inches are sufficient enough for a stink bug to invade your home.
It is recommended to catch and release stink bugs back into the environment. While this is the safest way to remove stink bugs from your home, it is not the most efficient. Suction them up into a vacuum and release them before they have time to suffocate.
Once inside the home, a stink bug can find shelter that is so discrete even the people living there would never know it is there. At least, that is the insect’s goal. Most stink bug invaders are not discovered until they leave their hiding places in early or late spring.
How Much Does Stink Bug Management Cost?
The cost varies depending on the severity of the problem, the size of the home, and the treatment. We recommend a custom treatment to minimize waste and unnecessary expenses. To learn more about our custom pest control treatments, reach out to our local customer support.
Preventing Invasions Of Stink Bugs
Unfortunately, it is never easy to keep stink bugs and other overwintering pests away from your home. You need to properly seal your residence by eliminating entry points. Use caulk and sealant to block all entry holes. This might be enough to keep most stink bugs out of your residence. If they begin entering your home before winter, call us so we can get rid of them for you.
When Can You Get Here?
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