What is a Stink Bug?
The Stink Bug is an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pensylvania in the late 90’s. This insect has gotten its name from its tendency to release a foul odor when eaten, crushed, or disturbed. Stink bugs are a common garden insect that when it becomes cold will move indoors to stay warm. It has 6 legs and is a brown or light gray in color. Its shape is similar to a shield and can get as large as 1″. These insects are primarily found in the Eastern half of the United States but is not limited to the midwest states and even some west coast states including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Habits, Habitat, and Threats
For the most part the stink bug will eat garden fruit and their nymphs will feed off of plant cellulose on leaves, stems, and fruit. A Stink Bug like many other garden insects will try to come in your home during and right before the cold months. Many times you may see this insect en masse on the side of a building or house. Stink bugs do have the ability to spread anywhere in the US and this is potentially damaging news to the agricultural industry and most importantly the small garden that is supporting food for a family. Stink bugs do have the ability to bite but it is very rare and they are not poisonous and pose no threat. Although, having about a hundred in your kitchen welcoming you to their new home in the morning is not cool.
How to Prevent and Kill Stink Bugs With Diatomaceous Earth
To really help your home or business keep the stink bugs out, be proactive before the cold creeps up or take the measure now during the cold months to help out right away and to get a step ahead of the upcoming warm season. If you need to get rid of stink bugs that are already in the home please have your diatomaceous earth and a vacuum cleaner ready. These steps below are to help you prevent stink bug infestations inside your home.
- Seal Cracks around windows, doors, house siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood baseboard or mop board if you can.(Good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk will suffice for this)
- Inspect damaged windows for any cracks or openings in the screen or window itself. Please replace if they are damaged.
- On the outside foundation of your home it is a good idea to clear debris and old dead plants away from the foundation about 6-12″
- Apply our Diatomaceous Earth to the cleared area in a visible fashion and be sure not to miss a spot around your foundation
- Reapply the product after every rain and continually apply a fresh application every other day or as necessary
If they are in the home
- Please repeat steps 1-5 first to be sure you have a preventative measure to prevent more from entering your home
- Break out the vacuum and start vacuuming the stink bugs and the rest of the flooring
- Please apply our Diatomaceous Earth product by entry ways, baseboard or mop boards, rugs, carpetting, upholestry legs and bed legs.
- Leave applied and in a light and visible fashion for 3 days
- Clean application and any other dead or alive stink bugs
- Repeat steps 3-5 once or twice a week to ensure proper stink bug control
Stink bugs are essentially harmless unless you are the unfortunate soul to inhale or smell the stink bug’s stink. Very foul and very effective. Stink bugs are also invasive and some species are predatory and will elminate many beneficial insects that help deter leaf cuting insects and others. It is best to help rid these insects from your area and send them packing to Asia.
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