About Stink Bugs
Stink bugs were first introduced into the United States in 1996 from Asia. They acquired their name from the odor that is released when disturbed or squashed. Full grown adults are about half an inch long and just as wide. Adult stink bugs will generally feed on fruit, stems, and leaves. These eating habits are what make the bugs such a great concern to farmers and their crops. The stink bugs will suck the juices out of a plant and leave it to decay.
Stink Bug Prevention
It is not easy to control stink bugs once they have invaded. For this reason it is important to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of their arrival. The following tips should be followed in an effort to control stink bugs on your property:
- Remove any unnecessary shrubs and weeds. These areas of overgrown plants make for an easy location for the bugs to hide. Removing the plants takes away the hiding places and forces the stink bugs to find a new hiding place, during which time it will be vulnerable.
- Turn off any unnecessary lights. Stink bugs are attracted to lights.
- Caulk all cracks and crevices around your home. Pay special attention to the openings such as windows and doors.
- Install screens at all openings that are open for extended periods of time.
If all these measures fail then give a professional a call to assist with the situation.