As the weather starts to get cooler, many animals search for warm places to spend the winter. For a stink bug, this could be your home! These little bugs don’t bite people or cause any damage to your house, but they still do have one problem: they stink. Getting rid of stink bugs once they enter your home can be very challenging, so stopping them from getting inside in the first place is very important. 

Keeping Stink Bugs Out
  • Stink bugs are not bothered by most pesticides so spraying chemicals for stink bugs is not very effective. Physical barriers are much more productive.
  • Block all points of entry. Seal any cracks around doors & windows 1/8 inch or bigger.
  • Repair any screens with holes in them big enough for a stink bug to get through.
  • Replace door sweeps, thresholds for exterior doors, & the rubber seal along the bottom of garage doors.
  • Try these homeowner methods:
    • Rub screens with dryer sheets- the stronger the odor the better.
    • Hang a damp towel over a railing or chair overnight. The stink bugs will be attracted to the towel and can be disposed of the following morning in a bucket of soapy water.
    • Squishing a few stink bugs outside your home may warn others to stay away.
If Stink Bugs Enter Your Home…
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Stink bugs first appeared in the United States when they were brought accidentally to Pennsylvania in 1998 from Asia. This invasive species feeds on a variety of fruits and ornamental trees.

  • Don’t squish them! Squishing a stink bug will release the stink bug’s defense mechanism and the odor will linger in your house.
  • Only vacuum stink bugs if you have a bag vacuum, and dispose of the bag afterwards. Vacuuming stink bugs in a bag-less vacuum will cause your vacuum to stink.
  • Do not apply insecticides indoors to get rid of stink bugs! As the bugs die their carcasses will begin to stink and could possibly attract other bugs. Some insecticides will not even kill or deter stink bugs.
  • Instead, capture the stink bug and flush it down the toilet or in a bucket of soapy water. This home remedy also kills the bugs before they start to stink…
Supplies
  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dish soap
Instructions
  1. Pour hot water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add vinegar then dish soap (combining ingredients in this order will help avoid suds).
  3. Put nozzle on & gently swirl.

Remember: Stink bugs are very difficult to get rid of once they enter your home! The easiest way to get rid of these annoying pests is by not letting them enter your home in the first place. In the fall, make sure you seal up all possible entrance ways!

About Sarah Schott

I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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