by Clover Carroll
Stop the buzzing! The prehistoric-looking dive bombers with no known predators will be back in force this spring—and as for many of us, they have been finding their way into the house all winter. Stink bugs, also known as shield bugs (skunk bugs also fits) came to the U.S. from Asia and are members of the family hemiptera. Although they do not bite, they feed on fruits and other crops, hibernate to survive very cold temperatures, and reproduce rapidly. Crushing them is not advised since they emit a foul odor when threatened. Crozet Hardware offers the following tips to combat these pests:
First and foremost, find out where they are getting into your house. They can crawl through the smallest openings such as under doors, around windows, gaps in screens, and through window air conditioners.
Remove or cover window air conditioners, both inside and out. This strategy made a big difference in my case.
Seal other suspected openings with silicone-based caulking or duct tape.
Spray Bengal Gold Roach Spray around outside window and door frames and indoors where bugs tend to congregate. According to the Wetsel Lawn & Garden Products Co., this spray has a residual effect that will repel stink bugs for months.
Cyper 8 methrin, a concentrate that is mixed with water, also effectively repels stink bugs.
Wetsel is also developing a stink bug trap, similar to a flour moth trap, that should be available by June. Which is not soon enough!