They’re Back! Stink Bug Time in Michigan: How to Defend Your Home
Hey Michigan, guess who's making a comeback this season? The notorious stink bugs are back in town and it's time to gear up for the battle of wits against these odorous invaders, we've got some tips and tricks to help you reclaim your home.
Stink bugs, also known as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, love to seek shelter in your cozy abode as the temperatures drop. As the leaves begin to change, they spring into action. They're trying to escape the chilly Michigan weather and settle down somewhere warm. Your house, unfortunately, fits the bill perfectly.
When you spot one of these little "buggers" your first instinct is to give it a quick stomp that will release the "charming" odor that gave it its name. There is a chance that it can cause allergic reactions like rhinitis or conjunctivitis for some, but besides their stink, Stink Bugs really can't cause much harm to your home.
What Can You Do About Stink Bugs?
So what can you do to combat the unwelcome house guests this time of year? According to Pest World, there are a few simple things you can do to battle these bugs.
- Vacuum Them Up: If you spot any stink bugs inside, use a vacuum cleaner to suck them up. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag or canister promptly to prevent their distinctive odor from permeating your home.
- Turn off Lights: Stink bugs are attracted to light, especially at night. When possible, keep your outdoor lights off or use yellow or sodium vapor bulbs, which are less appealing to them.
- Install Screens: Ensure your windows and doors have sturdy screens to prevent these pesky bugs from flying or crawling into your home. Mesh screens can be your first line of defense.
- Seal the Cracks and Crevices: Start by giving your home a thorough inspection. Seal any cracks, gaps, or crevices in windows, doors, and walls using weather stripping or caulk. This will create a formidable barrier that stink bugs can't penetrate.
- Eliminate Food Sources: Another method to get rid of stink bugs is to remove their access to food. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Also, make sure you wipe down counters and sweep floors to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills.
- Reduce Areas with Moisture: Eliminating all moisture buildup around your home can go a long way to help prevent many pest infestations. Check for leaking pipes and clogged drains.
The best way to deal with stink bugs is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. By taking these proactive steps, you can enjoy a stink-bug-free home all season long and stay one step ahead of these odorous invaders.
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