Since they were first discovered in Allentown, PA in 1996, stink bugs have become a serious nuisance for homeowners and farmers. They are a part of the Pentatomidae family of insects and are called stink bugs because of their tendency to eject an unpleasant and strong fluid from their thorax when they are injured, threatened, disturbed, or squashed.
What Do Stink Bugs Look Like?
Due to their body shape that resembles a shield, stink bugs are commonly referred to as “shield bugs.” They usually have a white belly and two long antennae with a brown or pale tan top. The average stink bug is normally 5/8 of an inch long.
Problems with Stink Bugs
Although they do not sting or bite humans and will not cause any structural damage to properties, the foul odor they give off is incredibly bothersome to homeowners. Stink bugs are also known as an agricultural pest to commercial farmers and homeowners with gardens because they feed on soybeans, tomatoes, apples, green peppers, and many other types of crops. They use their mouth to pierce the skin of the vegetable or fruit and suck out the crop’s moisture.
When and How Do Stink Bugs Enter Homes
Stink bugs typically enter homes through screens, cracks, vents, and crevices. They are usually seen as early as August and continue to crawl into homes throughout the early fall. Once they are inside of a home, they can be very difficult to get rid of. This is because they have glands that are under their wings that allow them to discharge the odor when someone tries to capture or kill them.
Hudson Pest Control is a Trustworthy Stink Bug Exterminator
Don’t let stink bugs ruin your home and happiness. The extermination services at Hudson Pest Control will treat the outside of your home to prevent stink bugs from entering inside.
Hudson Pest Control recommends our stink bug extermination services to be performed as early as possible for optimal effectiveness. We will use an exterior preventive spray to reduce and eliminate sightings of them inside of your home. In addition, we will educate you on how to seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls so that you can stop the problem before it starts.