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It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

It's Stink Bug Season - How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion
It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

Any type of bug infiltrating your home is not pleasant and when it has a name like “stink bug” attached, that’s a double whammy you aren’t going to want to deal with.

While you may think you have the arsenal to conquer these miniature armored bugs, it’s really a job for NJ pest control professionals.

About Stink Bugs

Before the fall season checks in, now is the time to start preparing your home for an impending invasion. Once the weather starts to make its change from the comfort of warm summer days, stink bugs instinctively know winter is just around the corner. They’ll begin making plans to get inside and get comfortable before the inclement weather is an everyday occurrence.

There are a couple of things to do to prevent stink bugs from entering your home.

Things to Do

– Begin with a visual inspection looking for cracks and crevices providing entry points. These may be around doors and window sills, and drain pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

– Use a shop vac to thoroughly vacuum your home and empty the canister immediately.

With NJ pest control technicians on the job, these potentially smelly bugs won’t make your home their winter quarters. To help keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We know what it takes to keep everything smelling like a bed or roses. Call us today.

Get Ready for a Plague of Stink Bugs this Summer!

This Voracious Eater Can Cause Serious Crop Damage
This Voracious Eater Can Cause Serious Crop Damage

Stink bugs may not be a high priority on your pest radar, but this little bug is a voracious eater of plants, particularly the fruiting kind, ornamentals and other edibles.

In fact, the stink bug annually causes millions of dollars of crop damage per year and is considered a major agricultural pest on the West Coast.

A particular type, called the brown marmorated stink bug, was first discovered in Pennsylvania during the 1990’s. It is originally from Asia, so it has few natural enemies in the U.S., and it’s also resistant to a wide variety of pesticides. In other words, it is difficult for consumers to control.

They Love Warmth

They thrive in warmer weather, and over-winter inside buildings. There are true stories of people hauling stink bugs out of their attics in gallon buckets. That’s how prolific they are.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are easy to identify. They have flattened arrow-shaped bodies with white stripes on their antennae. In the summer they will be out and about, but come fall, they will be looking for a place inside buildings to hide from the coming cold weather.

If you have any questions about stink bugs, or find them in your house or attic, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We offer detailed information and programs to combat virtually any type of pest infestation for both residential and commercial applications. For NYC stink bug control, think Stern Environmental.

Brace Youself It’s Stink Bug Season

Prepare For Stinkbugs In Your Home
Prepare For Stinkbugs In Your Home

Stink bugs have infiltrated 41 states. These thick body, triangular shaped bugs have infested homes and gardens. Stink bugs  are especially bothersome in the mid-Atlantic states. The bugs are a major agricultural nuisance in New Jersey and New York, ruining fruit and vegetable crops and they also cause problems for home and business owners.

The Halyomorpha halys or brown marmorated stink bugs and green stink bugs have hitched rides on goods transported to the U.S. from Asia. These nasty invaders give off an odor from glands in the thorax. They have sharp, piercing mouthparts that suck liquid from fruits and vegetables that eventually dry up and die.

The stink bugs invade homes and offices by crawling in through doors and windows. They nest and they can create four generations of bugs within a year.

Removal and prevention

There are steps that can be taken to prevent an infestation:

  • Keep doors and windows sealed
  • Crawl spaces and cracks should also be sealed
  • Grow plants that attract larger predators.

The best way to remove an invasion of these unwanted bugs is to call in an exterminator. Stern Environmental Group can rid your office or property of these pests using Cryonite, a CO2 substance that freezes the bugs. This treatment has also worked on bedbugs, cockroaches and other beetles.

Call us for a consultation if you find stink bugs, bed bugs or other invasive insects in your home or garden. We have various non-toxic means of eradicating these pests.