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There’s no shortage of pests in the Pittsburgh area. However, one that doesn’t come up often but is one that property owners should know about is the stink bug. Stink bugs are oval-shaped insects. In fact, they closely resemble a shield since they are nearly as wide as they are long, which is roughly 2cm.

In addition to their shape and brown color, this pest is known for the odor it emits when disturbed or crushed as its name implies. While there are other pests that do this, stink bugs are especially problematic since they often invade in large numbers.

During the late summer months and early autumn months is when you’re likely to find them inside your property due to dropping temperatures. When not inside, they are often found outside where crops exist.

Not Dangerous, But Definitely A Problem

Stink bugs are an invasive species, and they lack natural predators. For this reason, the growth of their population during an invasion can quickly grow out of control. They are especially attracted to crops, which makes them a direct threat to the agricultural industry. They have been noted to damage ornamental plants, fruit trees, and gardens.

Fortunately, they are not a direct threat to people. Instead, they’re considered to be a nuisance since they don’t cause structural damage or spread disease. Part of this is due to them being unable to sting and unlikely to bite. With that being said, it’s important to keep in mind their smell when handled. Improper handling or accidentally crushing them can lead to an unpleasant environment until the scent dissipates.

Finally, a pest control professional is often needed to address an infestation since they can arrive in large numbers. This reason alone is enough to inspire a strong need to invest in stink bug prevention tactics.

Stink Bug Prevention

The good news is that stink bugs can be kept from entering the house through a number of handy tricks. Some of the most effective tips we’ve collected include:

  • Seal up the cracks: This includes the cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, and anywhere else around the perimeter of the building.

  • Check the entry points: They are known to enter through doors, window frames, electrical outlets, light switches, and other areas. Be sure to use silicone caulk to barricade these entry points.

  • Replace screens: Any window or door screen that is damaged is fair game for stink bugs. It’s a simple thing to replace or repair screens to prevent an infestation you don’t want.

  • Practice garden spacing: It’s likely you’ve taken measures to protect the garden itself. However, it’s critical to ensure the garden is kept a safe distance from the home. Close proximity is a surefire way to open the home up to an infestation.

Control Stink Bugs With Witt Pest Management

As the oldest and most advanced pest control company in the Pittsburgh area, our team has seen and handled it all. Stink bugs are no different, which is why the best choice is to partner with us the moment you suspect an infestation brewing. We provide comprehensive pest control services developed to address your pest problems while protecting your home, family, and pets.

At Witt Pest Management, we believe in providing what you need, which is why we offer different TopCare programs so our solutions are tailored to what you need and want from our pest control experts. Contact Witt Pest Management today and we will make your home stink bug free. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control plans.

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