As the weather gradually gets cooler, the brown marmorated stink bug will begin actively seeking shelter indoors. Though they carry no known diseases, bite or sting, stink bugs are notorious for damaging clothing, furniture and many other fabric sources with droppings. When threatened or smashed, the stink bug lets off an unpleasant odor.
The brown marmorated stink bug is generally considered a pest of fruits and vegetables. The foods of choice for this pest include apples, peaches, tomatoes and corn. The brown marmorated stink bug will pierce the fruit in order to feed. After feeding the insect will leave, creating a scar as the fruit continues to grow.
When fall approaches, the brown marmorated stink bug will enter homes through cracks and other openings. Typically, they will spend the winter within walls or the attic. Once spring comes back around, the pests will move into living spaces, much to the dismay of the homeowner. In most instances, the bugs will actively be seeking a way out of the home, congregating on walls and windows.
When stink bugs are found it is recommended to not smash or threaten them. Doing so will unleash the unpleasant smell. During the winter, it is unlikely that the bugs within the home will be seen because they remain hidden during this time.
Brown marmorated stink bugs will often group on sun-facing walls outside the home when temperatures begin dropping. Any cracks in the wall, doors and windows are potential entry points for this abundant pest. Weather stripping gaps under doors and sealing wall and foundation cracks can help prevent stink bug invasions.
If you are dealing with a stink bug problem at your home or business, give us a call to start a no-obligation stink bug evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every last one from your home and keep them away for good!