How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Common garden bugs like stink bugs often invade the interiors of homes too. They are called ‘stink’ bugs because they release a foul-smelling odor in self-defense. They are usually found in gardens having low shrubs and yards that remain lighted during the evenings. This is because they are attracted to moist soil, plant berries and sources of lights. They are not known to cause widespread damage to the garden foliage but spoil them by laying clusters of yellow-colored eggs. In gardens with leafy vegetables like cabbage or spinach, Stink bugs may become perennial invaders, eating into the outer leaves. It is hard to recommend a single solution for permanently removing Stink bugs. An elimination strategy combining the following the suggestions can be used:

1. Manual Removal

Plants, particularly the underside of leaves, are the thriving grounds for Stink bug colonies. This is where most of the egg clumps are also found. Simply, scoop-out these bugs and their eggs using a plastic container. You should wear plastic gloves while doing so, because the eggs are covered in a gel-like layer that may cause allergies. This method may seem a bit slow and tiresome, but it is effective to remove large colonies of Stink bugs without spending anything substantial. 

2. Indoor Protection Methods

Prevention is the best method to avoid the interiors being affected by Stink bugs. 

  • You should seal cracks around the doors and window rims. Sidings and utility pipes could be permanently sealed with silicone-based latex or caulk. The attic vents could be sealed with screens. A regular inspection to check the insulation of the interiors is recommended.
  • Another solution in the form of chemical dusting treatment has come forth. Here, a chemically-formulated insecticidal powder is dusted in the interior spaces that are prone to getting damaged and developing cracks. The dust settles in places like attics and provides a long-term solution to kill any invading Stink bug.

3. Pest Control Measures 

Internal Application — you could hire professionals who can handle complex pesticides meant for bug removal. Most of them use aerosol-based pesticides that are fogged throughout the home. Being airborne, these pesticides can penetrate deep inside any crevice. However, this could be a bit expensive and you would have to vacate the home for at least a day. 

External Application — Now, some external-application pesticides have been introduced for this purpose. You don’t need to hire pest control services for their application. Just spraying them in the garden could do the trick. Most of them are made from complex chemicals called pyrethroids. However, their effect on the plants is still under scrutiny. Further, these chemicals need to be applied repeatedly, as they vaporize very quickly. 

4. Setting Herbicidal Traps

You could use baited traps, lined with preparations retailed specifically for this purpose. The trap could be made of a plastic container filled with some spinach leaves. Before placing the leaves in the container, dip them in herbicidal pest-removal preparations recommended for soy fields. These preparations are particularly useful for Stink bug elimination as soy fields are most vulnerable to this problem. 

Precautions:

When handling Stink bugs: 

  • Don’t vacuum the interior space — the sucked-in bugs emit a more powerful and hard-to-remove smell as they are squashed.
  • Always wear gloves to protect against any allergic reaction caused by a Stink bug bite.

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