Have you ever pulled in your driveway and felt like your house has been painted with spots while you were away? With spring fast approaching the pest will all be making their presence felt soon, if they haven’t already.
One of the pests we deal with the most in NY, that are not only a dangerous creature but a nuisance as well, is Stink Bugs (Pentatomoidea Stink Bug). These pests originated in China and Japan and then were introduced to the United States from fruit and vegetable imports. They not only can cause damage to humans but to our crops as a whole including plants and flowers. These pests are a primary concern in the warmer months but can also be a major issue in the winter months. The bugs will sit dormant in the winter months only to invade areas when the warmer weather comes. Stink bugs are about ¾ inches long and range in many different colors. The most common colors of these insects are green and brown.
Stink bugs can be easily be identified by their shield-like shape thorax. These bugs also have piercing mouth parts to suck juices from plants and sometimes other insects. The “Stink” in stink bugs refers to the rotten cheese-like odor they emit when threatened or squished. This odor will linger and cause any area to have a foul smell, sometimes up to days after the incident. This is not only a concern due to the smell but this will also attract other stink bugs to come to that area, the more stink bug smell, the more stink bugs you will have.
These pests will also bite when threatened which can be painful and cause swelling or rashes. To the average adults the bite is not harmful but to children and animals the bite can cause further problems. Stink bugs prefer outdoors and they mostly are found in gardens and plants and flowers outside; however, they will find their way into homes and structures on cold nights or when the season starts to change. Our homes provide protection from cold and rain and give them a perfect area to hibernate for the night or over the winter months. Their presence is problematic because when warm days come in the winter they will get confused and invade your living space in large numbers, trying to find their way back outside. With there always being a couple days a year when we experience these warm days out of season, you will have this issue several times a year.
The best solution to avoid these pests is having year round professional pest control performed inside and outside your home or business. At EnviroPest we have been dealing with these and other similar issues for over two decades and have the experienced pest exterminators to treat your location. We would like the opportunity to customize a service plan for you or your company. Give us a call today for a full inspection so you know you are not dealing with the “Stink” alone anymore.