Fall tends to bring with it a wide range of stink bugs that tend to make their way into American homes. In 2010 in Michigan the first reports of a brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species came out. Since then, the species has taken over a large area in the Lower Peninsula and is widely considered to be a threat to farmers.
These particular bugs tend to invade and eat most fruit and vegetable crops. In the winter months, they often seek shelter inside homes in the area. While they are not harmful to humans, these bugs tend to leave behind a bad odor. This can make indoor spaces quite unpleasant. To get rid of them or to avoid having them in your home, you can try the following tips.
The first step to being able to get rid of these bugs is knowing how to identify them. These particular brown marmorated stink bugs can have a marbled brown appearance, as they have both dark and light patches across their abdomen. Their legs and antennae also tend to be a lighter color.
2. Seal off entry points
Check your home for any potential entry points. Being able to identify and then seal off the areas that bugs could potentially use to enter your home will make it much easier for you to avoid having them there. Check your windows, doors, and AC to block off all of the access points.
The easiest way of getting rid of the bugs that are in your home is by simply vacuuming them. This makes it easy to discard them after you have caught them. Alternatively, soapy water can also be a great tool for killing bugs.