In & Around Your Home
How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your Home
Stink bugs get their name from the foul odor they emit. Here are some tips to help keep them out of your house.
Stink bugs get their name from the foul odor they emit when they feel threatened or are squashed. Despite their small size, the stink they produce is big and will cling to whatever surface the bug had landed on, whether a wall, a drapery, a rug, or something else. Prevention is the key to keeping these bugs out of your house, but even with the best measures, stink bugs can find their way indoors, particularly during the cold season when they're looking for a warm place to spend the winter.
What Are Stink Bugs?
Unlike cockroaches or ants, stink bugs aren't interested in your food. Instead, these insects feed on plants. They don't bite either; their only offensive indoor behavior is their odor. Ranging in color from green to brown, stink bugs are about the size of a dime, with a shield-shape body perched up on stick legs. Stink bugs can fly fairly well, but they crawl very slowly, which makes them easy to kill. Before you opt to squash, however, consider some less smelly ways to rid them from your home.
How to Remove Stink Bugs
If you notice stink bugs inside your home, try to avoid touching them or squashing them, as they will produce that pungent smell for which they are famous. One of the easiest ways to get rid of them is to grab them gently with a plastic baggy, then release them outside (if you don’t have a garden or landscape plants) or flush them. Another way to remove stink bugs is to vacuum them if you have a vacuum cleaner that uses bags. Once you’ve sucked up the bugs, remove the bag and put it in the outdoor trash.
How to Kill & Prevent Stink Bugs Indoors
Because stink bugs move so slowly, they are easy to kill by spraying them with Ortho® Home Defense® Ant, Roach & Spider Killer2. If you are concerned about stink bugs in your home, you should take steps to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. In late summer, seal up any cracks around the house where insects like stink bugs can enter. Check for broken screens, too. Then in early fall, before stink bugs begin to look for a place to over-winter, apply Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter2 around windows, doorways, and other entry points to your home (like dryer vents).