Even if you aren't a farmer here in New Castle, you have most likely heard of the notorious stink bug. You may be thinking right now, aren't stinkbugs outdoor pests? Interestingly, stink bugs are what can be considered accidental indoor pests, meaning it is not their intention to get into our homes. In reality, the reason stink bugs invade is that they are cold and the walls of our houses provide them with warmth. From our exterior walls, they then wander inside, becoming the pests we all know and dislike.
What Are Stink Bugs
Also referred to as shield bugs, stink bugs got their name from the distinct and pungent odor they give off when threatened or squished. Fun fact: stink bugs are not native to the United States, but instead originated in Asia and weren't introduced to America until around 1996.
How Dangerous Are Stink Bugs
Despite their scary appearance, the stink bug is not dangerous to humans. They do not bite or sting and are not known to spread any harmful diseases. They are, however, damaging to plants and are considered a serious agricultural pest by the US Department of Agriculture. Young stink bugs can be seen feeding on weeds and grass during the springtime. Once they grow into adults, stink bugs feed mainly on fruit. When feeding, a stink bug will use its mouth apparatus to pierce the skin of a fruit. It then injects saliva that is toxic to the cells of the fruit, destroying it from the inside out. To combat these pests, the Department of Agriculture has developed an artificial pheromone that can be used to bait stink bugs, killing them before they can destroy crops.
What Stink Bugs Do When They Get Inside
Although stink bugs are plant destroying pests, they rarely kill the plants in the homes they invade. As mentioned earlier, stink bugs didn't invade your home on purpose. However, once they get inside, many decide to stick around, especially as the weather outside gets colder. Stink bugs overwinter indoors, hiding in attics and walls. In one case, over 26,000 stink bugs were found hiding in the walls of a house. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of stink bugs to us.
How Green Can Help Keep Stink Bugs Away
No matter what you do, stink bugs will return every fall and will most likely end up in your home. That is unless you have pest control measures in place. Here at Green Pest Management, we have the services you need to keep stink bugs out of your New Castle home this fall and winter. Give us a call, and we'll be happy to find the solution to your pest problem.