The cicadas are moving out and stink bugs, commonly referred to “shield bugs” due to their body shape, are moving in. According to entomologists, spells of warm weather and a high probability of a stink bug appearances in homes throughout the Northeastern United States is a reality for 2013-2014. Horizon Pest Control, a pest management company servicing New Jersey for 43 years, reminds homeowners to take proactive measures to stink bug-proof the home, both inside and out, to help keep these smelly pests at bay in the coming weeks. Although stink bugs are not easy to crush, an undesirable smell is released if it happens.
Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offer a few simple tips to ward off stink bugs before an infestation develops:
• Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans and light switches to prevent stink bugs from entering the home.
• Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.
• Repair damaged window screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
• Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
• Install screens over the chimney and attic vents.
• Keep branches and shrubbery well-trimmed, and make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
Additionally, Don Davis of News Advance states that stink bugs can cause dermatitis in people when scratched by the sharp edges of a stink bug’s shell or exoskeleton. The result is swollen, reddened or itchy skin. Stink bugs also like to be together. When they find a suitable place to reside, they release an aggregation pheromone to let others know about it which is different from the foul chemical otherwised released.
“If you find a stink bug in the home, do not use a vacuum or rush them to aid in its removal. Handle with care and a licensed pest professional can be contacted if a more serious infestation is suspected,” added Holst. For more information or to schedule a free inspection, please call 1-888-612-2847 or visit www.horizonpestcontrol.com. New customers may call one-time only before December 31, 2013 for $40 savings off the complete annual stink bug program.