A Guide To Stink Bug Control For Miami-Dade County Property Owners

October 7, 2020

If your first instinct when you see a bug is to grab a shoe and crush it, you’ll have a big problem if stink bugs start getting inside. These bugs give off a smell described as similar to burning rubber, skunk, rotting wood, and even cilantro.

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No matter how you would describe the smell, it isn’t exactly a scented candle aroma. Stink bugs can invade homes in large numbers, and they can be quite a nuisance. Keep reading for some tips on how to prevent them this fall.

What Are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs have a distinct shield-like shape. They can range in color but are often grey or brown and grow to be about 17mm long.

Stink bugs are an overwintering pest. During the fall months, they’ll look for a warm place to wait out the winter. Often, this place is inside your walls. Stink bugs will appear in large numbers looking to settle down. Many times, they will come all the way into your home before settling into a spot inside the walls.

Stink Bugs In Your Home

The good news is that stink bugs aren’t considered to be a dangerous pest. They don’t bite, and they aren’t linked to dangerous diseases.

However, they can show up in overwhelming numbers. It can be frustrating to feel like you are constantly getting stink bugs out of your house.

Stink bugs are also a big problem for agriculture, as they can destroy crops. If you have a garden or house plants, stink bugs may pose a problem for your plants.

Preventing Stink Bugs This Fall

Now that we’ve talked about what stink bugs are and what kinds of problems they cause, it’s time to talk about how to keep them out of your home. Here are a few tips:

  1. Plant your garden far from your home. If stink bugs are attracted to the plants, they won't be able to travel directly from the plants to your home.
  2. Check the exterior of your home for holes and cracks that may be allowing stink bugs access to your home. Stink bugs can fit through even the smallest of spaces but making sure that you don’t have any obvious entry points will minimize the risk of an infestation.
  3. Install or repair screens. Every window and door of your home should have a screen if you are going to leave it open. Before the weather gets cold, make sure that all of those screens are intact, since a tear in the screen will be an open invitation for stink bugs.
  4. Install door sweeps. Stink bugs can also come through space under doors, so it’s important to use a door sweep to prevent their entry.
  5. Use a dehumidifier in damp rooms. Like many pests, stink bugs like moisture. Using a dehumidifier will make your home less appealing to them.Work with Amco Pest Solutions.
  6. For ongoing pest control, Amco Pest Solutions has your back. We can work with you year-round to make sure that stink bugs never get a chance to come into your home. If they have already gotten inside, we’ll help you get them back out before they can cause more problems in the spring.

Instead of risking having a house that smells like stink bugs all the time, let Amco Pest Solutions help you protect your home from this common fall pest.

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