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Preventing Stink Bugs From Infesting Your Home

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By Henry Moorecroft
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Henry Moorecroft

Henry Moorecroft, leading the war against all things stink bug! He shares all in his latest ebook. Henry is a father of one daughter, ellie, and is married to Yolanda. Together they enjoy their quiet lives together taking care of their dog, Chandler. Henry works full time as a store manager while his wife is an active member of the local bowls club. Henry's personal interests include, travelling, badminton and chess.

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Ordinarily not injurious to humans, stink bugs can nonetheless make themselves an awful nuisance when they invade a house in large numbers. These bugs, with the distinct triangular shield-like plates on their backs, are generally found in vegetation. They particularly like fruit trees, as they live from the juices which they suck out of fruits, but they can also be found on vegetable plants and other vegetation.

During warm weather, stink bugs mate, and the female stink bugs lay hundreds of eggs. They attach their eggs underneath the leaves and stems of plants. Depending on what region of the earth they’re in, stink bugs can make from one to six deposits per year. Unless there are natural predators to keep them in check, the proliferation of stink bugs can become troublesome.

Stink bugs do not like the cold. Once the temperature starts to drop, they begin to hunt for warmer places to spend the winter in. Generally, they hie off to the exterior of houses and begin to congregate there in search for safe havens during the cold months; once outside the house, they look for ways to come in. They find their way in through cracks or gaps in exterior walls, through doors, windows, chimney tops, and screens in need of mending. Having found their way in, they nestle in attics, crawlspaces, vents, and any dark place. They can sometimes even be found in piles of clothing and in luggage. Generally, they hibernate throughout the winter, and if you’re lucky, you won’t even know they’re there. When warm weather returns, they become active once more and begin to migrate outdoors. However, during sunny winter days or when the heater warms up their quarters, the warmth can rouse them into activity. Attracted to light, they might fly towards light fixtures or just move about the house, causing consternation to some homeowners by dint of their numbers. 

The best way to avoid this scenario is prevention. As early as late summer or as late as fall, walk around the perimeter of your house, looking for any crevices or openings in sidings, wood facia, and walls that may serve as entrances to stink bugs. Any hole that’s larger than the diameter of a pencil should be sealed. Inspect door and window frames, ensuring that doors and windows fit tightly. Check if any of your screens - including attic and crawl space air vent screens - are broken, and repair those that need it. Inspect chimneys and drain pipes as well. Finally, trim any vegetation you have around your house, ensuring that no plants touch the walls of your house. It’s best to leave a space ranging from 12 to 20 inches between plants and house. 

At times, it may prove difficult to seal off the house completely. In this case, some homeowners opt to call pest professionals to pre-treat their house for them. To get rid of stink bugs at bay, professionals spray house exteriors with pesticides, especially around possible entry points, and apply insect granules for several weeks before the onset of cold weather. However, insecticides are usually not as effective or long-lasting as is a proper sealing of the house.

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