Stink bug infestations have become a common problem in our area. In fact, the largest concentration of stink bugs in the world can be found in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Stink bugs came to the U.S. from Asia in 1998, when they were first spotted in Pennsylvania. The stink bug population has since exploded. For example, in 2012 the stink bug population increased 60% compared to the prior year according to the Virginia Tech Agriculture Department.
Stink bugs are difficult to eliminate once they settle in your insulation and walls and usually return to hibernate in the same locations each fall. Stink bugs rarely bite humans, but when handled or disturbed release a bad-smelling chemical spray. The bane of local gardeners, farmers and wineries, stink bugs are known to cause significant damage to plants and crops – including grapes. For homeowners, these highly mobile unattractive pests are simply a nuisance.
Signs of a Stink Bug Problem
Although stink bugs are most active in the warmer months, they are most likely to invade your home in September and October. As the weather begins to cool down, stink bugs seek warm places to hibernate for the winter. When the weather warms up a bit in the early spring, stink bugs are known to emerge from inside the walls on sunny sides of houses and come in to the living areas.
Stink bugs prefer to hibernate in places that mimic the peeling bark of dead oak and locust trees, which explains why they are most likely to be found in the attics of homes. Stink bugs like to hide in spaces between roof and insulation, in fabric curtains and wall hangings, and even between the pages of books.
Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Anyone who has tried to eliminate a stink bug invasion in their home knows that getting rid of these annoying pests is not easy. Infested homes may have hundreds or thousands of stink bugs hiding in the walls. Squashing them or vacuuming them up as they appear is a losing battle, and disturbing the bugs can cause them to spray the home with foul-smelling chemical.
The best time to fight stink bugs is before the problem arises, typically in July or early August. No matter the time of year, we will locate where the bugs hibernate and use environmentally responsible products to get the stink bugs under control - inside and out. Finding the bugs’ entry points is often tedious and time-consuming. To help prevent future infestation, our stink bug experts will inspect your structure’s exterior and seal suspected entry points.