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Identifying Stink Bugs
During the past few years, more Americans have come face to face with Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. This invasive pest was first found in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1996, but it has quickly spread across the country. Today, it is common to find these pests in Charlotte, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and Michigan. Most sting bugs will range in length from ½ to ¾ of an inch. In terms of color, stink bugs are brown or gray. You won’t be able to ignore the shield-like shape of the stink bug’s back.
Why Are Stink Bugs In My Home?
Homeowners must understand that stink bugs are overwintering pests. What does this mean? Well, it confirms that stink bugs will try to enter your home during the winter so they can avoid the cold, harsh weather. If they don’t enter your home or find another warm place to stay, the winter weather will likely kill them. Since you have stink bugs in your home, you likely have gaps, cracks, and crevices on your exterior walls. It might be around your windows, doors, or fascia.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?
Although stink bugs are unsettling, they’re not dangerous to humans or pets. Stink bugs are not going to bite you, your loved ones, or your pets. As long as you wait, the stink bugs will likely leave when the temperatures begin increasing. Nevertheless, you cannot ignore this problem forever. Don’t crush stink bugs because they can release a bad odor when scared and crushed.
Getting Rid Of Stink Bugs
Thankfully, you can get rid of small stink bug infestations on your own. All you need to do is grab your vacuum cleaner, turn it on, and point it toward the bug. Within seconds, the bug will be sucked into the vacuum cleaner. From there, dump the contents of the vacuum into a bag and seal it carefully. Be sure to throw the contents into the trash outside. However, there is a risk that you’ve experienced a massive stink bug infestation, so you can tackle the problem alone.
Can I Eliminate Stink Bugs Myself?
Many homeowners would prefer to eliminate stink bugs themselves. They do not want to hire a professional because they want to save money. With some pests, hiring a professional is best. With others, you can take care of it. With stink bugs, it depends on the severity of the infestation. If you have one or two stink bugs in your home, you can remove them with a vacuum. If the infestation is larger, call a professional.
How Much Is Stink Bug Removal?
We aren’t positive about how much you’ll pay for stink bug removal services. Instead, we’ll need to learn more about your property before we can give you a quote. The price of our services will depend on the severity of the infestation and the size of your property. Our friendly exterminator will give you a bid price before the procedure begins. You’ll know what you’ll be asked to pay and you always have the opportunity to search for cheaper services.
Can I Prevent Stink Bugs From Returning?
Once you’ve removed the stink bugs from your home, keeping them from returning is key. However, there is little you can do. If they’ve found a way into your home, they’ll return in the future. With that being said, you should try to seal your home completely. Use caulk and other sealants to seal all gaps and cracks around the exterior walls of your home. If you can prevent stink bugs from finding a way inside, they’ll have to go elsewhere.
When Can You Begin?
Don’t hesitate to contact our office today because we’re ready to help you. A friendly exterminator will learn more about your problem and help you schedule an appointment. From there, you should expect to hear from us in 24 to 48 hours.
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