There are so many signs of fall and winter in the air…pumpkin spice, big cozy sweaters, sales on pre season Christmas stuff, Turkey Day prep and stink bugs. Unfortunately, yes, your home is a nice cozy vacation get away for these pesky guys. And the worst part? You may fear trying to squish them due to the odor the give off. So why do these smelly guys like your home in the winter?
Stink Bugs Identification
So, what do these Stink bugs look like? Their shield like bodies are about 3/4″ in size. Typically brownish-grayish in color. Also, they have 2 pairs of wings, 6 legs. One of their most unattractive traits is, when they are disturbed, frightened or squished they emit a strong smell. As a result, that’s where they get their name from. Primarily, they are crop pests, causing severe damage to fruit and fruit trees. However, they do become a nuisance for homeowners when they are entering your home for warmth in the fall and winter months.
Why Do They Intrude?
As mentioned previously, the main reason for their breaking and entering is to stay in the nice cozy warmth. These guys don’t pose any health threat to humans, however they are a nuisance. Once they get inside, they can easily take over your home. Commonly, the living room is where you will find Stink Bugs. More specifically, you will find However, if you do see a couple, that typically means there are others hiding in your home.
When cold weather comes in they spend the winter in a dormant phase known as diapause. Diapause dramatically slows down the stink bugs metabolism. In this period the Stink bugs feed very little or not at all. Therefore, relying on energy reserves stored away before entering dormancy.
There are simple ways to help prevent these guys from coming inside. The prevention methods are similar to those of other pests. Firstly, make sure you seal all entry points, cracks etc. Secondly, primary entry points are holes or tears in the screens of your windows. If you have any suspicions of infestation, call a professional pest control company to help handle the situation.
In conclusion, these are just a few signs and pest prevention tips you can use to fend off those unwanted guests. Fortunately, RH Miller Pest Services has been immersed in the Central Florida area for over a quarter of a century. Our experts are committed to getting results for your home or business. As with all of our services, our process starts with a free estimate. Call our offices today at 407-339-7119 to get the ball rolling and schedule your free, no obligation inspection and or treatment today! No one should have to share a space with any sort of pests!