PUBLISHED ON July 24th, 2012
As the weather warms, stink bugs come out. Also called brown marmorated stink bugs, these insects are agricultural pests that are native to several Asian regions and are on the rise throughout the U.S. Stink bugs are often attracted to homes, especially in the fall, as they begin their search for a cozy place to spend the winter. To prevent the need to call a pest control service, Eugene and Roseburg residents should prepare their homes against an invasion while the weather is warm.
Since traditional insecticides break down in sunlight, they become ineffective after a few days. Plus, there are no good lures to trap stink bugs. Therefore, prevention is key. One of the simplest and most effective ways you can prevent a stink bug infestation in your home is to block all points of entry (also known as exclusion).
When applying this form of preventative pest control, Roseburg and Eugene residents should take measures to seal up cracks around the exterior of the home that are 1/8 inch or larger with silicone-latex caulk. In addition to walls and siding, seal the cracks around windows, pipes, vents, doors and under wood fascia. Don’t forget about sealing the cracks inside your home, as well. Then replace torn screens that cover doors and windows. Placing yellow bulbs in your outdoor light fixtures can also help deter stink bugs.
If you find stink bugs in your home, call a pest control service. Vacuuming up the bugs will only do so much, and smashing them will release a smelly, skunk-like odor. With the help of a professional pest control service, Eugene and Roseburg residents can maintain a stink-free home this fall and winter.