Stink bug prevention tips

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With the change in season comes an incline in temperature and better weather, which is great in most cases. Unfortunately, it also means many pests will start to resurface soon, and USA Today said that includes the stink bug, known for its particularly smelly presence. Stink bugs don't pose a threat on your health or household, but their stench alone can be extremely annoying and discomforting.

According to information that entomologist Peter Jentsch shared with the source, stink bugs are extremely active September, but also in March and April, so it's time to start plotting your plans for prevention to keep them from entering your home. Here are a few tips you should consider to keep this smelly pest out of your home for good:

Prevention tips

Seal cracks outside
According to Pest World, pest prevention starts by inspecting the outside area of your home. Check for cracks around utility pipes, chimneys, siding, gutters, doors, windows and any other openings you can think of. Seal the cracks and openings with caulk to keep the pests from entering your home.

Keep the lights off
According to the source, stink bugs are attracted to light. Whenever possible, keep the lighting indoors and outdoors off. Only use patio and porch lightening when necessary, and close blinds at night to keep light from shining outside. Take advantage of the natural light throughout the day by keeping blinds and curtains open. Not only will it keep the stink bugs out, but it can also save you money on your electricity bill!

Minimize moisture
Just like most pests, stink bugs are highly attracted to moisture. To keep the bugs from entering your home, eliminate all moisture built up inside and outside the vicinity of your space. Examine the foundation of your home for leaking pipes, clogged drains, or large puddles that are acting as an open invitation to stink bugs. Eliminate the moisture problems immediately for a pest-free zone.

Use a dehumidifier
The level of humidity in your home may be the reason stink bugs are so attracted to paying you visits, according to Pest World. Keeping your basement, attic, garage and crawl spaces properly ventilated can keep the stink bugs from moving in and taking vacancy in your home. Consider investing in a dehumidifier or two to keep the humidity levels low.

Double check your belongings
Whether it's a bag of groceries, a box of papers or a load of laundry from the Laundromat, make sure you are checking them before bringing them into your home. Stink bugs, just like many other pests, use these things as a vehicle to get inside your cozy home. Don't let these pests snag a free one-way ticket into your space, their stench is not welcome.

Additional tips

Use a vacuum
According to Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, prevention is a lot easier than treatment when it comes to stink bugs, so do your best to keep these pests from entering in the first place. However, if the stink bugs have found their way into your home somehow, using a vacuum cleaner is the best method for quick removal. Once you have sucked up the stink bugs, dispose of the vacuum bag or filter contents immediately to prevent the residue from stinking up your home.

Whatever you do - don't squish!
For most people, it's common to feel the need to squash a bug when it's found to get rid of. But unfortunately, that is a terrible idea when it comes to the stink bug, because it releases a horrible-smelling odor from its pores when squished. You'll wish you hadn't, and the smell will linger and actually be worse than the stink bugs being there in the first place.

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Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management.Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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