The brown marmorated stink bug has become a pest that most people who live in Northeast Ohio have experienced over the last 15 years. The stink bug has earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed. They are very good flyers and homeowners will see them on the exterior of their homes in September when the evening temperatures start to drop.
Protecting your property from this pest is very important so call Prevention Pest Control for a free inspection and let us take away the stress of having this unwanted pest.
In general adult stink bugs feed mainly on fruits while the nymphs feed on mostly leaves and the stems of fruit. Female stink bugs lay 20-30 eggs per cycle which happens between May through August. These eggs are attached side by side on the underside of the host plants leaves. These eggs hatch 4-5 days later and they undergo a series of molts until they become adults in the fall.
You can help prevent stink bugs from entering your home by doing the following tasks:
- • Seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, and underneath wood fasciae
- • Fix damaged screens on doors and windows
- • Stink bugs are attracted to light so change exterior lighting to sodium vapor lights or yellow bulbs
- • Once stink bugs make it inside of the home vacuuming them and disposing of the bag is recommended
At Prevention Pest Control we power spray the exterior of homes in September and October to help control this pest. While the treatment does not get rid of all of them it greatly reduces the population, and our customers continue to have us treat for them year after year.