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With a name like stink bugs, you best believe you had better fear this creepy crawler. There is no denying that this simple little pest can create quite the funky smell in your home, but this is just the beginning of the problems it can potentially create. While the pest does not carry or transmit diseases or even bite, it can be a major mental nuisance for some. Some people become so infatuated and enamored with the bug they find themselves unable to sleep.
Sleep is critical to your health, and you need several hours a night. Without this sleep, it can impact you negatively. Some people find themselves unable to obtain this needed sleep when stink bugs invade.
Luckily, you’ll only have to worry about these foul-smelling pests during specific periods, but that doesn’t make them any less problematic. Regardless, it is best to educate yourself as much as you possibly can regarding the stink bug. This is what our trained and qualified pros are here to assist with.
Understanding The Stink Bug
You likely already know the stink bug emits a foul-smelling odor that can be unpleasant. However, did you know these bugs are large, oval, or shield-shaped? They are and they can be found across the United States, with a prevalent population in Austin. Their name originates from this very capability. It’s a chemical they produce from their glands, located on their abdomens. All that aside, most people don’t know that the stink bug is what is known as a cropping pest. This means that they’ll mainly infest plants, fruit, and other common garden vegetation.
If they are mostly garden pests, why are they in the home? In addition to being a garden pest, the stink bug is also what is commonly referred to as an overwintering pest. This means that when the weather turns cooler, they’ll seek refuge inside the home. They usually take up residence in the walls and parts of the home most facing the sun. When the weather converts back to warmer conditions, they’ll start to emerge. The heat from the HVAC system can also bring them out.
The Stink Bug Habitat
Believe it or not, every stink bug doesn’t make it into the home. These bugs stuck in the wild will spend the cooler months battling the cold weather under the peeling bark of older or dead trees. It will be during the early autumn they start their search for warmer conditions. In addition to being found in the garden, you can look for these pesky pests outside the home in leaf litter. When they enter the home, they’ll congregate near doors, windows, and other potential entry points.
Some other common locations they can be found are under or behind baseboards, around exhaust fans, in ceiling lights, and door and window trim.
Are They Dangerous?
Stink bugs don’t pose any physical threat to the human or pets. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t be a nuisance with the foul-odor-producing abilities. Not only this, but when they get inside, they home, they come in large numbers. In addition to their odor-producing abilities, these pesky critters can also leave behind unwanted stains on fabrics and delicate materials. You have to be extremely careful when trying to remove these bugs from the home, as a wrong move will cause odors and stains. Therefore, it is best to always let the pros handle the situation.
We’ve been battling stink bugs since we opened our office doors in Austin. We’ve learned a lot along the way and are more than willing to pass this knowledge on to our loyal Austin customers. All it takes is a phone call and we’ll get one of our trained pros out to the home to help with your problems.