What are stink bugs?
Stink bugs are a unique type of insect in both appearance and smell! Stink bugs are easy to identify because of the triangular-shaped plate on their backs. They are mottled brown, and some may have patches of metallic color on their heads. Stink bugs are as wide as they are long.
As their name suggests, stink bugs emit an offensive, potent odor when threatened or squished. Small glands located on their thorax produce this aroma. Once you realize you are experiencing problems with stink bugs, request an immediate pest control treatment for your Norwalk home.
Are stink bugs dangerous?
While stink bugs aren't a significant danger to people or our properties, when stink bugs invade a property, they do cause problems.
- These insects use their piercing mouthparts to pierce the "skin" of a plant and suck out the liquids.
- Stink bugs are a major agricultural pest; the damage they cause to fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants damages their appearance, making them unsellable.
- The foul odors stink bugs produce can overwhelm any structure they are inside of.
If you spot these shield-shaped bugs in your yard or inside your home, quick action is the best way to avoid the problems stink bugs cause.
Why do I have a stink bug problem?
Stink bugs are pests that thrive in our Connecticut yards because they provide food and places to live. When large populations of stink bugs are in your yard, it will only be a matter of time until they find a way into your house. They look to find a warm, dry spot to hang out in the winter, and unfortunately, our homes often provide stink bugs with a place to overwinter.
Where will I find stink bugs?
Outside stink bugs are found in garden areas and on fruit trees. Their favorite food sources include apples, stone fruits, figs, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and soybeans. In the spring, summer, and most of the fall, you will find these pests living outside.
In the late fall, when temperatures drop, these bugs gather on the warm sunny exterior of our homes. Gaps and cracks in your home's exterior and around windows and doors provide them with entry points. Once inside, they will move across your home's surfaces until they find a suitable spot to overwinter, usually a wall void or attic space.
How do I get rid of stink bugs?
Trust the local professionals at Tim's Pest Control to provide you with the regular pest control services necessary to prevent stink bugs from finding their way into your Connecticut home. Being proactive is the best way to guard your home against unwanted visitors. We are a family-owned and operated company and take great pride in providing our customers with high-quality services.
Our professionals cater to the individual needs of all our customers and offer a choice of biweekly, bi-monthly, quarterly, seasonal, or semiannual services. To discover more about our residential or commercial pest control programs in Norwalk, or to view our pest control service areas, please call us today!
How can I prevent stink bugs in the future?
There are several things you can do in and around your house to avoid problems with stink bugs:
- Protect vents in attics and around your home with vent screens.
- Repair torn window or door screens.
- Replace any damaged weatherstripping around windows or doors.
- Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
- Repair defects that develop in your home's exterior walls or its foundation.
Partner with Tim's Pest Control to provide the regular pest control services necessary to keep stink bugs out of your Connecticut home. Being proactive is the best defense against these smelly pests!