How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs The Natural Way


Get Rid of Stink Bugs The Natural WayThis list of useful stink bug facts has been compiled for the average home owner. Most folks are not interested in the entomology of the stink bug, they just want to get rid of them. Most information published on this subject is useless to the average person. Useful information about this bug is hard to come by. Organic control is very hard to come by. Liquid dish soap has been used with some success. I have used red pepper based products with great success. Red hot pepper seems to repel all sorts of bugs. I have tried it with ants, hornets, and stink bugs. It does not seem to have an immediate effect, but the following day the bugs are dead or gone. Here is a useful list.

1) They are an agricultural pest and harmless to humans. However, bites have been reported. The web is filled with conflicting opinions on this subject.
2) The bugs have scent glands on their abdomen, and release the scent defensively. If they are threatened they will release an offensive odor, which attracts more bugs.
3) They enter homes in fall in search of a protected place to hibernate. The bugs will enter your home through the smallest of cracks and hide behind baseboards, in drawers and bedding.
4) Stink Bugs do not reproduce inside the house. According to a study by Penn State, they will reproduce only outdoors. This is just about the best news I could find.
5) They lay eggs on the underside of leaves in masses of 20 – 30 eggs. They can destroy gardens and crops. They poke a hole in the fruit or vegetable to suck the juice leaving dark spots.
6) They will not cause damage to your home. But killing them in the house may cause them to release the offensive odor, which could be a problem.
7) They emerge in Spring and lay eggs from May through August.
8) They feed on apples,peaches,soybeans,corn,citrus fruit, and more. They are becoming a major problem in the mid Atlantic states.
9) Stink Bugs live in orchards, gardens, and farms.
10) The bugs can live up to one year.
11) It is not advisable to kill them inside the house unless you intend to remove them.

It would be redundant to mention that you should caulk windows, doors, and cracks. This is just common sense, and has been said a thousand times. Stink bugs are attracted to light and heat when it is cool. On hot days, I have seen them take refuge under cool shady porches. Usable information about this bug is hard to come by.

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