Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, is commonly found in 40 of the 50 states. This insect is considered a pest when it damages outdoor fruit, or makes its way into a home. PennState College of Agricultural Sciences states that these stink bugs emit an aeroallergen into the air when scared or squished that can cause such allergic reactions as conjunctivitis and rhinitis. It is best to implement a series of pest control measures to get rid of the bugs.
Identifying the Stink Bugs
Before taking action it is important to properly identify the brown marmorated stink bugs. Just like its name, the insect is brown in color. The bug is 5/8-inch in size, has a smooth thorax, and two white bands around the antennae. The legs also have white bounds and the heads have a blunt edge toward the front. If you have trouble determining if this pest is a stink bug, a licensed exterminator from a place like Affordable Pest Control Inc can take a look and confirm its identity for you.
Removing the Bugs From the Home
When a small number of stink bugs are present in the home, you can remove them by squishing them quickly with a paper towel or tissue. You can also try sucking the insects up using a vacuum cleaner. Use the wand attachment to do this and then immediately place the vacuum bag in a plastic zipper bag and toss in an outdoor trash can.
Modifying the Home
Managing pests also requires taking the time to modify that home so that the stink bugs can't reenter the house in the future. Homeowners should caulk any cracks they see around the exterior of the home. This will work with wooden clapboard siding, however, vinyl siding is designed to expand and contract and may leave small openings stink bugs can enter. The university goes on to suggest caulking certain spots inside the home, such as around outlets, ceiling fixtures, and heating ducts.
Controlling Outdoor Stink Bugs
The last pest control measure is to kill larger infestations that are found outdoors. According to the University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, you can introduce parasitic wasps into the environment. When biological control is not an option, there are several pesticides that will do the job. These include lambda-cyhalothrin, acetamiprid, and pyriproxfen. Of course, it is best to leave any pesticides applications to the professionals to ensure they are safely and properly administered.