How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs and Keep Them Out of Your Home
Any pest infestation can be difficult to get rid of. Stink bugs, however, present a unique problem. The fact that they emit a foul odor when swatted, stomped, or otherwise disturbed can make it difficult to turn to the normal methods you may use to get rid of bugs.
It can be frustrating to continually attempt to eliminate stink bugs from your home, only to be confronted with their smell. There are other effective methods of stink bug prevention and elimination that can help you keep the pests out of your home and avoid their smell while doing it.
Utilize Smells That Are Offensive to Stink Bugs
Oddly, stink bugs themselves are repulsed by certain smells. By applying these smells throughout your home, you can keep stink bugs away and repel any of the bugs that are already living in your home. Plus, many of the smells that stink bugs don’t like are found in common household items — this is an easy way to get rid of these pests. Mint oil and other essential oils can be utilized to keep stink bugs away. They are also repelled by garlic, so you can create a stink bug prevention spray by mixing garlic and water.
Use Soapy Water to Kill Bugs in Your Home
Stink bugs can be killed with one of the simplest solutions available in your home — soap and water! This simple solution can be used as a spray on areas where the bugs are known to gather, or you can mix soap and water in a dish to create a trap. Incorporating vinegar into the mix is also known to be effective.
Vacuum Them Up
Another easy way to get rid of stink bugs in your home is with your vacuum! By vacuuming up these pests instead of squishing them or trying to carry them outside, you can avoid the “stink” in stink bugs.
Why Are There Stink Bugs in Your Home?
Stink bugs usually enter dwellings because they are looking for a place to stay safe and warm during the winter. As long as your home is warmer than the outside air, you may find yourself with a seasonal stink bug problem.
For this reason, there is not really a way to make your house less attractive to stink bugs — but you can prevent them from entering your home.
Keeping Bugs Away from Your Home
If you don’t currently have stink bugs in your home, you should take measures to ensure they don’t get into your dwelling. Many of the methods listed above will help keep stink bugs away, but there are additional methods you can employ.
One of the best ways to keep stink bugs out of your home is simple — block the ways they can get in. Look out for cracks in your walls, holes in your screens, and gaps around your windows and doors. If you notice any of these issues, be sure to correct them by making repairs, replacing broken parts, or installing barriers, like rubber seals.
The most effective way to get rid of stink bugs and keep the pests from entering your home is with the help of pest control professionals. The experienced team at Frame's Pest Control, Inc. can keep your home stink-bug-free!
For help with a stink bug infestation or other pest problem, contact Frame's Pest Control, Inc.! We can be reached online or via phone at (419) 495-8283.