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Are You Seeing Stink Bugs This Spring?

stink bug on a leaf

Not too long ago we were talking about ways to prevent stink bugs from getting into your home during the fall. But now here we are at the beginning of the spring season in Pittsburgh and it looks like for some homeowners, stink bugs are becoming active again. Why is this happening? Read on to discover how and why stink bugs are showing up in Pittsburgh this spring.

Each fall, when the weather begins to cool down, stink bugs look for a warmer place to spend the winter. This is why the fall brings so much stink bug activity to homes in Pittsburgh. And although they do not reproduce inside of the home or cause harm to humans, who wants to deal with stink bugs? They will hide out in cracks, behind baseboards and around the trim of windows and doors until the warmth of spring arrives.

So now, as the temperatures are making a slow rise in Pittsburgh, homeowners are once again seeing the emergence of stink bugs inside the home. They have likely been inside the entire winter and are now trying to make their way back outside. But beware, if you try to crush stink bugs, they will leave a foul-smelling odor...hence their name! It’s always best to use a vacuum to get rid of live and dead stink bugs. 

Looking for a way to say so long to stink bugs this spring? Here are a few stink bug prevention tips from the Pittsburgh pest control professionals that will help to keep these pests away:

  • Seal off all openings around the foundation, windows and doors that stink bugs could use to get inside.
  • Trim back bushes and shrubs so they do not touch the side of the home thus making a bridge for stink bugs to get closer to the inside of the home.
  • Sign up for a year-round pest control plan for spot treatments and other preventative measures to make sure stink bugs do not become a part of your fall and spring.

For services to get rid of stink bugs in Pittsburgh, please contact Witt Pest Management today.