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Dealing with Bugs That Stink

The brown marmorated stink bug, or stink bug for short, is relatively new to the U.S., but they have spread rapidly. Reproducing populations have been found all over California, which means they are brining their unpleasant aroma to homes across the state. Although fumigation will help to get rid of stink bugs, it is important to also take steps to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Here is a look at what you need to know about stink bugs.

What are stink bugs?

There are multiple forms of stink bugs, but the brown marmorated stink bug is most common in North America. These stink bugs are native to East Asia and are common in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. They are marbled brown in color and have dark bands on their forewings. When fully grown, they are about five-eighths of an inch in size. After a period of rest during the winter, they become active during the spring, when they feed and mate. During late summer and fall, they look for buildings to enter to stay warm for the winter.

What kind of damage can they do?

Stink bugs pose the biggest risk to crops, including berries, soybeans, field corn, pecans, hazelnuts, and grapes. They also feel on seed pods and flowers from a variety of trees and plants. They do not do any structural damage to homes and do not sting or bite humans or animals. However, they are noisy when they fly, and when threatened or crushed, they give off a strong, unpleasant odor.

What can I do to reduce the risk of a stink bug infestation?

Start by closing any opening in your home’s structure, including cracks around windows, doors, and pipes. Replace any damaged screens. Because they are attracted to light, consider keeping exterior lights on away from entrances. Regular pest control services will also help.

From stink bugs to termites and bed bugs, Payne Pest Management can help you protect your home from invaders. Contact us today at (877) 365-5629 to set up an appointment for residential pest control in Orange County.

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