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How to Prevent Stink Bugs from Crawling into Your HomeHow to Prevent Stink Bugs from Crawling into Your Home

How to Prevent Stink Bugs from Crawling into Your Home
Keeping Stink Bugs from your home is what all families want. Who wants to kill them whether they’re in your attic, garage, bathrooms or in the kitchen? Preventing Stink Bugs from making your home into their home for the winter months is not what anyone wants. So, we at Bug-N-A-Rug have come up with a few good tips to help prevent them from coming into your home this fall and winter. Let’s look below at our top 3 things you can do to help keep them from your home this year.

Is Your Home Sealed Good?

How to Prevent Stink Bugs from Crawling into Your Home

Did you know that many pests like to find cracks, crannies and an easy way into your home? Having a home that is well sealed will not only help keep pests out but will help keep the elements outdoors too. Be sure to check all the windows and doors to see if there is a good seal around them. If you happen to find any crevices or areas that need repairing, go ahead and do it before the weather gets bad. Another place you will want to check is attics, garage doors and even the screening on your screened in porch. We don’t want you to have to deal with them all year round! There will be no stinky business this year with your home and family!

Clean the House

This is a great thing that your whole family can get into helping. Make sure that your home is clean and there aren’t dirty dishes laying out, leaving food out on the counters and being sure to empty the trash. As silly as this sounds, it has become more of a daily thing that we see when we go to protect other homes. Be sure to also have the kids pitch in and have them do chores several times a week. Having a home that is clean not only makes the homeowner feel happy, but it will help ward off those Stink Bugs for sure.

Eliminate Clutter

How to Prevent Stink Bugs from Crawling into Your Home

This is one thing that many homeowners don’t think about but keeping the clutter in your home is one reason that stink bugs like your home more. One of the reasons that the bugs love to make your home into their homes is the amount of clutter that you may have lurking in your home. Some of the places that the stink bugs love to hide in your home are in empty boxes, piles of clothes in the home and old newspapers. Be sure to keep the clutter under control by trashing the empty boxes and getting rid of the old newspapers at the dump. And make sure that the clothes are picked up and put into a hamper instead of laying on the floor in the laundry room or kids’ rooms. Doing these few things will help keep the stinkbugs from making your home their home.

While there are many other ways that you can safeguard your home from having stinkbugs making it their home too, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you are having issues with stink bugs invading your home, give us at Bug-N-A-Rug a call. We can get rid of the bugs and still keep your family safe. We look forward to helping get rid of the stinky bugs in your home!

A Stink Bug in the North Carolina grassStink Bugs Prefer the Hot Weather

When it comes to Stink Bugs, recent studies have discovered that temperature is the most important factor affecting their numbers and where they choose to set up housekeeping.

While many of us complain about the heat — more and more as it gets hotter and hotter — stink bugs actually prefer the heat!

If you happen to find stink bugs entering your home, Give Us a Call to schedule extermination steps immediately! We will work within your schedule to find a mutually agreeable time to come to your home and do an assessment of the situation.

Stink Bug Science

Stink Bugs Prefer the Hot Weather

Entomologists used complex spatial and statistical analyses to determine that temperature is what is responsible for the patterns of Stink Bugs. The study identified differences in thermal tolerances among both native and invasive stink bugs.

The researchers conducted a survey of three types of Stink Bugs:

  1. The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
  2. The Green native Stink Bug
  3. The Brown native Stink Bug

They looked at these in Soybean fields in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware.

They discovered that the number of Marmorated Stink Bugs became lower as the temperatures went up in June. In fact, none were found in fields with average June temperatures that were higher than 74° Fahrenheit. However, the abundance of the native Stink Bugs increased as the temperature increased.

This study is the first comprehensive large-scale survey that quantifies the interactive roles of the environment, resource availability, and distance from the source population on the pattern of distribution and abundance of Stink Bugs. Previous studies done on the Marmorated variety examined these factors mostly in isolation.

Additionally, this study clearly identifies the spatial scale at which each of these factors function, and it is the first to distinguish the roles of environmental and landscape factors on invasive versus the native variety.

You can read more about the contrasting role of temperature in structuring regional patterns of Stink Bugs here.