Some pests are not natural to a particular place. These invasive insects could be introduced to a new environment due to migration and domestication of animals. A good example of this kind of pest is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), scientific name Halyomorpha halys. This bug is a native agricultural pest in Asia. It infested crops in China, Japan, and South Korea.
However, these bugs are now present in the United States. The bug was first collected in 1998 in Pennsylvania. There were fifty-four reported sighting of the bugs at shipping ports in the United States. However, the BMSB were not removed because they were classified as non-reportable. This instance resulted the insects to enter the United States and continue to thrive and spread to other states. The pests threaten cotton, corn and other crops in the United States.
Stink bugs like to eat fruits and vegetables. While do not consume everything, their bite marks results to scars on the fruit. This bug does not only infest the crops. It also affects the homes. In late summer, the bugs gather in houses to seek shelter stay away from the coming winter.
The bugs enter through the cracks and openings that are present on the exterior of the house. The usually just hide in the attic or within the walls. However, it is inevitable that they stray away from their hiding places and crawl into other living spaces in the house. Although the bugs do not bite humans or cause destruction to property, their stench is truly an annoying presence in the house.
NPM Green Pros, a pest control company, explained that the first line of defense against stink bugs is to keep it out of the house. They recommend sealing off the cracks around your exterior walls and installing screens to protect your roof vents, windows, and doors. A door sweep can also help keep the bugs out. A pest control company can also recommend applying chemical treatment outside the house to deter the insects.
Please remember not to use any insecticide to kill the stink bugs inside your house. You cannot kill them using a conventional pesticide. However, the bugs may still die from extended exposure to an insecticide and their carcass will still continue to stink. That stench could attract another harmful pest into your home.
Here are additional tips to keep stink bugs away from your house
- Hang a damp towel outside your house. You will be surprised how many bugs it will attract. Dispose of the bugs by drowning them in soapy water.
- Stomp on some stink bug outside your house. The smell of dead stink bug may deter other stink bugs from going to your house.
- Put an old stocking on the nozzle of your vacuum. It will act as a filter so that the bugs will not go straight inside your vacuum cleaner. Do this so that the bugs will not make your vacuum stinky.
- Don’t touch the bugs directly. Collect them inside resealable bottles. You can use a plastic bag or stick to push them inside the bottle.