We all love spring until we realize all the bugs that come out from hibernation once it starts to warm up. One of these bugs can be recognized by their odorous smell; the stink bug. They come out and start to stink up your season. However, here are some facts on how to get rid of stink bugs and become more aware of them.
What they do: When stink bugs feel threatened or are crushed, they release an odor that is described as ‘sharp, cilantro-like.’ They have what are called ‘stink glands’ in between their first and second pair of legs.
Why is it important to know: Now that stink bugs are starting to show up, it’s important to know that it is normal when you smell a weird stench when trying to kill a stink bug.
What they do: Stink bugs do not bite, but you can be scratched by their sharp exoskeleton edges.
Why is it important to know: Just remember when you are killing a stink bug that they could possibly scratch you. If they do, the scratch can induce redness and swelling.
What they do: Stink bugs start mating season in May right after they come out of hibernation. Females can lay up to 400 eggs at a time which hatch after 3 to 7 days.
Why is it important to know: This month is prime time to run into stink bugs because not only are they coming out of hibernation, but they are also starting the mating process. Don’t be startled if you find one in your home or outside.
What they do: Since stink bugs do not start breeding until May, they spend most of their time breeding outside because of the warmer weather.
Why is it important to know: Since more stink bugs breed in warmer weather, you might also find stink bugs in your home in the fall because that is when they find warmth which could be your home.
What they do: Stink bugs are attracted to light. This is often times the reason they come into homes and is often times the way stink bugs are able to be trapped.
Why is it important to know: When it is dark outside, stink bugs may follow the light in your home when you open the door. Make sure you’re not letting any stray bugs inside.
What they do: Stink bugs are not poisonous to humans, however, if crushed, they often release a liquid that has a very foul taste and odor. If swallowed, it can cause stomach upset, vomiting and mouth irritation.
Why is it important to know: Small children sometimes put random things in their mouths, and it is important to know the repercussions if this happens. Try to keep stink bugs away from your children.
What they do: Stink bugs can sneak into cracks and crevices left open on any part of your home.
Why is it important to know: In order to keep stink bugs out of your home, you must participate in some type of habitat control. Seal doors, windows and cover crawlspaces and attic vents.
If you are interested in habitat control from professionals for your home, contact Insight Pest Solutions today for the best pest control Seattle has to offer, and we’ll help keep stink bugs and other pests out of your home.