Summer will soon be winding down, and we will start feeling a little nip in the air. The end of summer is a refreshing season, a time when we can breathe the crisp, cooler air; a time when we can open up windows and doors to let in end-of-summer breezes; and a time to start enjoying stink bugs that will infiltrate our homes. What's that you say? You don't enjoy stink bugs? Are you remembering last fall when these stinky little creatures drove you crazy--remembering how they kept coming and coming until they had taken over your house? Perhaps you swore that next year, you would do something about them before they became a major headache. Well, we are here to let you know: now is the time to start thinking about stink bug prevention for the fall.
Stink Bug Prevention Tips
Check screens: Good screens are your first defense against these stinky insects. When they come to crawl on your windows and doors, be certain that they find your screens securely in place and free of holes, gaps, or tears. Be sure to check around the edges of screens to make sure they haven't come away from the frame.
Examine basement windows: If you have windows in your basement, make sure they do not have chips or cracks in the mortar around them. Seal these up.
Cover vents: Any vents you have should be covered with window-grade screening.
Door sweeps: Install door sweeps, or make certain that the ones you already have in place are working properly.
Seal holes in walls: Inspect your exterior walls, looking for any holes, gaps or cracks, especially holes made by other insects or rodents. If you cannot properly repair them right away, use a caulking gun to fill in those areas for a temporary fix. Be sure to look closely around pipes, outlets and air conditioning units.
Trim vegetation: If you have trees, bushes, or other vegetation around the perimeter of your home, make sure to trim them back away from your house so stink bugs, or other insects and animals, cannot use them as bridges to get to your home.
Keep lights off: At night, make sure to leave your outside lights off, as these attract stink bugs and other insects. If you need to have lights on, consider investing in yellow, insect-resistant bulbs.
End of summer is coming. Make sure you can enjoy it without worrying about stink bugs. If you need help preparing your home for the annual stink bug invasion, reach out to us here at Witt Pest Management, one of our residential pest control programs may be perfect for you. We would be more than happy to take care of those stinky bugs for you. It's what we do.