Temperatures are dropping and stinkbugs are seeking a warm habitat for the winter. Your home is the perfect location!
Stink bugs emerge in the early spring and mate from April to May. They lay their eggs on the underside of leaves in masses of 20-30 and they produce just one generation per year. Adult stinkbugs can cause serious crop damage to vegetables and fruits as well as to ornamental plants. In the fall, up until the first frost, stinkbugs begin moving inside to overwinter.
The best way to control stinkbugs is to address the situation before they enter the home
Prior to Home Entrance
- Seal all cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, chimneys, air conditioning units, etc.
- Repair or replace all damaged window and door screens.
- In the fall, spray a synthetic pyrethroid, like___________________, on all exterior home surfaces to prevent stinkbugs from entering through any missed openings. Sunlight breaks down insecticides, therefore, weekly applications are necessary.
If stinkbugs do enter the home, don’t worry, this insect is only considered a nuisance insect to humans as they neither bite, sting nor create structural damage. When threatened, however, they do emit a defensive odor that is very unpleasant. And, a little good news, stink bugs will not procreate over the winter.
After Home Entrance
- When a stinkbug is sited, gently pick it up using a tissue, being careful not to squish the insect. Flush down the toilet.
- Attempt to locate the stink bug’s entrance area usually found around window and door trim, cracks behind baseboards, exhaust fans, ceiling lights and fans. Seal opening with caulk.
- Insecticides should not be used once stinkbugs have gained access to the home.
Your preparations for a colorful spring begin in the fall. Imagine what joy you will realize when your spring garden comes alive with color from those drab brown bulbs.