Pentatomoidea, also referred to as shield bug, chest bug, or stink bug, is a large family of insects belonging to the Heteroptera suborder of the Hemiptera order of the insect kingdom. When threatened these insects, spray a liquid into the air that produces a pungent odor thus giving them the famous nick name Stink Bugs. Special glands in insect’s thorax, between the first and second pair of legs, produce the foul odor, naturally acting as self-defense to ward of predators.
Dangers of Stink Bugs – Stink Bugs have made their way on households around the world. The insects hibernate during winter and come out in huge numbers come summer time. They are virtually attracted to light ultimately making their way into our houses. Stink bugs can be dangerous when mishandle. The stink liquid they produce can release a very foul odor that is irritating to the nose. The foul odor can trigger allergic reactions and nasal problems. People who have sinus problems fall prey to this stink spray. When a person is sprayed in the eyes it can cause some serious problems. The liquid can cause immense pain in the eyes and can cause damage to the cornea. If ever you experience this, immediately wash your eyes with water to get rid of the liquid. Almost all stink bugs are vegetarian but there are also those that feed on other insects. The insect also bites some serious bite. Many people claim that stink bugs do bite humans and those who were bitten experienced pain, much like being stung by a bee, leaving a red sore in the skin. The sore usually lasts for about a week and can sometimes produce a white puss.
How to get rid of stink bugs? Well there are really a lot of things you can do to shut down the stink bug menace without risking yourself from any stink spray exposure. Stink bugs are “touch me and face the consequence” insects. They have a natural stink spray defense which they use to repel predators and when they feel threatened. You can’t really blame the insects for their nasty built in defense system because it is their own way of surviving. If they chow down on our favorite plants and crawl around our house though, then that’s a different story. Here are some helpful tips you can use to stop this insects from advancing in your home.
- Seal all entry points -The best and safest way to get rid of stink bugs from getting inside your house is to literally stop them from getting in. Seal all cracks, holes, and any possible openings where stink bugs can crawl through. Don’t forget that these insects are relatively small so you might consider sealing those small holes and cracks in your walls and chimney. Try using a cement sealant, the same sealant you use in sealing holes in your roof. Cement sealant are effective in blocking of small holes. Stink bug invasion in homes usually starts in autumn where they creep inside houses to escape the coming cold winter. Before this time, get prepared by examining all the possible holes in your house and sealing them off.
- Choosing the Right Chemical repellents – Fall is also the best time for you to start spraying some insect repellents. Stink bugs, because of their thick exoskeleton, and natural resistance to chemicals tend to frustrate people who opt for insect repellents. Thus choosing the right chemical would be most appropriate. Use an insect repellent that is commonly known as the “spreader sticker”. The sticker will allow the pesticide to penetrate much faster making it an effective weapon against stink bugs.
- The household vacuum cleaner – The ordinary vacuum cleaner is also an effective weapon against stink bugs. The common household cleaner can suck stink bugs fast and in a safe and controlled manner where you don’t expose yourself to any stink spray. This is a great way of killing the insects without any direct physical contact involved. Suck as much stink bugs as you can until the bag becomes full and you can simply throw it away in a safe place where you won’t have to remember the darn insects.
- Light Traps- The insects are naturally attracted to light. This is one reason why they get inside your house because of the natural attraction to light. You can use this natural attraction though to your own advantage. Light traps are perfect examples of this. There are many light traps sold in the market today and you can just choose from all of them. The Light traps zap the stink bugs as soon as they make contact with it. Just get ready to clean it every day though, because there would be a lot of stink bug corpses lying around the light traps.
- Get a bat – I don’t mean a baseball bat, I mean a live flying nocturnal bat. Bats are natural insect predators and stink bugs are included in the menu. If you are afraid of bats though, just don’t bother trying the method. Anyhow, bats would naturally appear when stink bugs fly around after the long winter. That is if your place has natural population of bats that is…
- Wash the curtains, bed linens and send drapes to the cleaners, and will that deter the bugs from returning to the same spots in the house.
- Spray them with hot sauce, or fill a lidded jar with hot sauce and drop them in.
- Flush them. Still seems the easiest way to go as long as you’re not knee-deep. Drives up the water bill though …
- Fly paper. Line windowsills, door jams … one stink bug attracts another, so the paper should fill up with bugs in the house.
- Mint leaves. Line windowsills and leave near any crevice … one reader swears this works.
- Regularly spray your plants, trees and grass with a soap and water solution; it will dehydrate most of the bugs.
- Spray them with a 32 oz bottle hot water and 1 3/4 cup of dawn soap; it’s said to kill them fast. Since they hang out on fruit trees, a reader suggests spraying trees with 36 oz of dawn soap to 2 gallon of hot water.
- Nicotine. Shred a pack of cigarettes and let it steep in a gallon of warm water over night, strain it through several layers of cheese cloth, and add two tablespoons of dish washing detergent to the mix, and spray that on the bugs and it will kill them for sure. (Wear gloves when handling the nicotine water; you don’t want to poison yourself with too much nicotine absorbing through your skin.) The detergent will break down along with the nicotine. The detergent lessens the surface tension of the water, making it coat the bugs well, and the nicotine poisons them. Both decompose after a while.
Those were the best ways to eliminate stink bugs in your home. The non conventional methods are tried by other people and are claimed effective. The conventional methods though, are more widely used and also proven very effective. It is safe to say though, that you should choose conventional methods in stopping the stink bugs. You can try both methods though if you wish. After all, there are many ways to eliminate stink bugs and you can even make your own discovery.