I attended an outdoor wedding over the weekend for a couple of friends, and I encountered some guests I never would have expected. As we were sitting through the service and gathering for the cocktail hour, stinkbugs decided to crash the wedding and join all of us in our celebration.
As we were all politely letting each other know when one landed on us, I got to thinking about a news article I read recently which warned that the stinkbug infestation this year may be the worst yet. Some think it’s from our mild winter or early spring, but I’ll leave the reasons to the experts. All I wanted to know during that wedding was how to get rid of them and what to do if they started taking over my home!
For most homeowners, stinkbugs are merely a nuisance. They don’t bite or sting, and they’re not known to carry any disease. Their worst offense is the foul odor they emit when killed. We all run for a shoe or newspaper when we see a bug in our house; but for stinkbugs, that’s not such a good idea. Many people resort to vacuums or homemade traps, but these pose risks of leaving the lingering odor behind, as well. The best way to deal with stinkbugs is to somehow shoo them out of your home or prevent them from ever entering in the first place.
Seal and Repair!
With prevention being so important in your battle with stinkbugs, especially with the surplus this year, you should take every precaution to ensure your home is well-sealed. Check your windows and screens to make sure there are no holes allowing them in. Look around doors and baseboards for cracks. Your heating bill will thank you for this during the coming winter, as well.
Shut the Door!
Do you have the tendency to stand in the doorway and talk to visitors at your door (especially those salesmen you don’t want to invite in your home)? While carrying in groceries, do you leave your door wide open so you don’t have to use your hands to open it again? These are open invitations for stinkbugs to come right in, so be sure to leave your door shut to prevent easy access.
Call for Help!
If all else fails and you find yourself being overtaken with stinkbugs, call for expert help! A professional pest control company, such as Moxie, can help you create a barrier for your home as an additional preventative measure for protecting your home from stinkbugs.
With all you have going on in your daily lives in this busy time of year, the last thing you want to be dealing with is a pest invading your home (or crashing your wedding). Take these simple precautions to help protect your home from this record-breaking invasion of the stinkbugs!