It’s easy to tell fall has arrived when the leaves begin to change, the air becomes crisp, and suddenly, everything is pumpkin flavored. Unfortunately, one not-so-favorable way to tell is the increase in stink bugs.
They work their way into homes during the fall so they can stay alive during the winter. Stink bugs don’t pose any health risks, but they are a nuisance. Fortunately, a little prevention goes a long way. Use the following eight tips to keep stink bugs out this fall. Otherwise, you’ll be calling for Atlanta pest control services when an infestation takes hold of your home.
Think Before You Squish
Do not squish a stink bug when you see it. When they feel threatened or are disturbed, they release a horrific odor—hence the pest’s name. To kill it, use sticky traps, a vacuum, or keep it hostage under a glass until it suffocates.
Seal Off Entry Points
Spend some time inspecting the outside of your home for access points. Pay close attention to siding and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath other openings. Seal off any cracks and holes with high quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Not only are you protecting your home from stink bugs, but also other fall pests as well.
Turn Off the Lights
Lights are attractive to stink bugs, so minimal outdoor lighting is the best way to keep them away from your home. Be sure to turn off your porch lights when not in use, and pull your blinds down to prevent light from shining outside.
Inspect Crevices and Cracks
Most pests can enter your home through the smallest of openings, so it is important that you repair or replace any damaged screens, windows, or doors. Check your weather stripping and make sure it is intact before the fall months begin.
Snap and Seal
Removing excess food can help prevent a stink bug infestation. They come inside in search for food, so keep food protected in airtight containers. It is also important that you dispose of garbage regularly. Crumbs and residue from spills should be wiped up immediately so you’re not their source of food.
Maintain Your Landscape
Stink bugs love to make your greenery their home. Keep it well trimmed, and be sure to store firewood at least twenty feet away from the house and five inches off the ground. Maintaining your landscaping reduces the chance of stink bugs making a nest.
Check Your Belongings
When you’re getting out your holiday decorations, make sure you check the boxes for pests before bringing them inside. Stink bugs love to fester on cardboard surfaces, and they can easily catch a ride into your home on a box that’s been untouched for months.
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