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How to Keep Pests Away After Ridding of Them

Filed under: Ant Control,Cockroach Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:00 pm May 19, 2016

Removing pests from your home may solve the immediate problem you were facing. However, if you do not take the proper precautions, the pests can re-enter and re-infest your home, putting your right back in the same situation you thought you got rid of. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent these problems from reoccurring. Here are three common pests in New Jersey and a few tips for keeping these pests away after you rid your home of them.

Ants

Food ContainerOne of the best ways to keep ants out of your home is to eliminate any food sources for them. This includes placing food in plastic bins rather than leaving it in the boxes, cleaning up crumbs, and taking out the trash every night. If ants find food in your home, they will continue to come in looking for more food. Another way to keep ants out is to find out how they are getting in and seal that off. If they are entering from small cracks in your home’s exterior, seal off the cracks. If they are finding gaps under your door, install new weatherstripping. Finding out how ants are entering and then shutting off that source helps to keep them out.

Cockroaches

PlumbingIf you have recently gotten rid of a cockroach infestation in your home, you will want to work diligently to prevent another one from happening. Just like ants, cockroaches look for food, so ensure there is no food for them to find. Additionally, cockroaches enjoy dark, damp places. Repairing plumbing leaks will help eliminate these damp places, which can help to keep these pests away. Lastly, cockroaches will die if they come into contact with diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle some of this powder in areas where cockroaches may have infested your home before, such as in the crawl space. You can also sprinkle this around door ways or windows to keep these pests from entering.

Stink Bugs

VacuumStink bugs leave behind a pungent smell. After you remove them from your home, you don’t want to have to smell this smell again. As such, you will want to vacuum regularly to keep these bugs at bay. They can hide in your carpet and quickly multiply. Regular vacuuming helps prevent this from happening. Secondly, combine a squirt of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Regularly spray any cracks or openings that these pests may enter through. The soap sticks to their skin and kills the bugs, helping to prevent an infestation. Lastly, consider placing cat nip or garlic in your garden or outdoor space. Stink bugs hate the scent and will stay away, which deters them from your home.

After you have gotten rid of pests in your home, the last thing you want is to have another infestation. Taking the correct precautions can prevent that from happening, allowing you to live a bug-free life.

If you need help with pests, call Horizon Pest Control for effective pest control in NJ.

Stink Bugs Bite – Literally and Figuratively!

Filed under: Stink Bugs — admin @ 12:16 am November 20, 2015

Stink Bug ControlStink bugs are prevalent in New Jersey during the winter. They migrate into homes to survive the extreme cold weather temperatures. Not only are the stink bugs foul smelling and scary looking, these bugs can bite humans as well. Their favorite thing to bite, however, is fruits and vegetables. Though these nasty bugs don’t often bite humans, the pain from the bite of the stink bug can be compared to that of a bee sting and may result in soreness for up to three days. The bite may produce puss and swelling, as well as cause itching. With the influx of stink bugs in New Jersey during the winter, it’s important for homeowners to know how to treat stink bug bites.

What to Do if Bitten by Stink Bugs

Fortunately there are many simple at-home treatments for stink bug bites. To combat itching and swelling, rub lavender or cedar essential oil directly onto the bite and allow the oil to absorb into the skin. Not only will the oil bring relief to the painful bite, but you’ll smell good too! If you don’t care for the scent of lavender or cedar, though, there are many other home remedies to choose from. All of the following items that you might find already in your bathroom medicine cabinet can be rubbed onto the bite to soothe the irritated skin: witch hazel, aloe vera gel, lemon juice, a paste made from crushed aspirin and water, white toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, or a cotton swab soaked in Epsom salt or calamine lotion.

Stink Bugs in Winter:  Home Remedies to Treat Bites

If you can’t find any of those items in the medicine cabinet, there is no need to rush to the store just yet. Move on to the kitchen and check for these items that can also be rubbed onto a sore stink bug bite: lemon juice, the inside of a banana peel, an onion slice, or a simple paste made with baking soda and vinegar. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can also combat the itching and swelling and works nicely with the home remedies. Of course, it’s always very important to monitor your body’s reaction to stink bug bites. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect some type of allergic reaction or if your body does not respond to the at-home treatments within a few days. Most importantly, prevent stink bug bites in winter by having your home treated by a professional pest control company!

If you’re tired of dealing with stink bugs, let us help you! Call Horizon Pest Control today for effective stink bug control.

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Ways to Get Rid and Prevent Stink Bugs in Your Home

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 1:31 am March 6, 2015

Stink Bug Control

The brown marmorated stink bug is considered a pest since they do not have any predators to eat them. Their population is growing at tremendous speed as it penetrates homes with its pungent odor, and destroys farms too. This pest is considered a serious threat to agriculture and causes millions of dollars in damage to fruit growers alone.

This spring, expect these bugs to crawl from their winter hiding places and destroy crops that they find. Hundreds of these bugs may even be on porches and go inside your homes. Although they do not pose any human threat and do not damage homes or structures, when you crush them there is a pungent odor that may even leave a stain on your clothes or skin.

They are called stink bugs simply because they stink. When they get scared or threatened, they will release a foul-smelling chemical through their scent glands to frighten their predators. Stink bugs prefer to eat plants and fruits. They use their rostrum or their sucking mouth parts to get the juice stems and juicier parts of plants and fruits. The brown marmorated stink bugs are a great fan of tomatoes, corns, peaches, and many other delectable fruits.

The good news about these stink bugs is that they do not create colonies or nests. They mostly prefer to be by themselves. But, when we see them congregating by the hundreds, many may feel that they are creating colonies. Stink bugs do tend to move in one particular place since they are all attracted to warmth and light. When you find them on porches, near doors, windows, and even inside your home, it just means that the season is changing and it is time for them to breed.

How to Remove Stink Bugs from Your Home

It is not actually easy to remove these bugs from your home. Just like any other type of pests, they need some course of action and the right tools to properly get rid of them. Do not squish these bugs as much as you want to do it because they will emit that pungent odor, and the worst part is, most of those stink bugs will release their stink in defense.

Once these stinkbugs have overwintered inside your home, they will emerge from where they are and venture outside to look for food and a mate. You will mostly see them on windows, in attics and basements, and doors if they have successfully overwintered in your home. To control stink bugs, you can:

  • Seal any small openings that you can find that includes gaps on windows, doors, chimneys, soffits, vents, and the likes.
  • Turn off any outdoor lights and pulling down the shades during the evening can lessen the chances of these bugs finding your home.
  • Do not use yellow drapes unless you will use them to collect stink bugs to rid of them.
  • Get rid of any shelter for pests around your house such as overgrowth or weeds.
  • Plant catnip in your garden.
  • Use garlic as a shield for your home by placing a lot around your home or you can mix garlic with water and spray it in plants.
  • Use a combination of a dish detergent and two cups of water placed in a medium-sized spray bottle. Spray your solution in areas where stink bugs enter. You can also spray this solution to the stink bug itself.
  • You can also create your own trap by using a dish detergent, a foil pan with half gallon of water, then place the pan under a light. Since stink bugs are attracted to light, they will get into the soapy water without realizing it. By the time they realize their mistake, it will be too late.
  • Vacuum the area where the bugs are and dispose of them immediately. Also, clean the vacuum as soon you are done so that the stink will not remain.

For a small scale infestation, you can get rid of these stink bugs on your own. You can even use your hand to capture them since they are not fast and easy to catch. But, make sure to handle them carefully so as to not crush them. Ask for help, if the infestation is too big for you to handle. Most specialist will be able to treat your stink bug problems right away without leaving any rusty odor in your home.

It is stink bug season, and your home may already be suffering from their constant presence. Horizon Stink Bug Control will help you get rid of these stinky bugs with the help of our fully trained technicians. Call us today and avail of our FREE inspection!

How Stink Bugs Survive In Your Home During Winter With Little Nutrients

Filed under: Pest Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:52 am January 23, 2015

Stink Bug ControlStinkbugs are a type of overwintering pest that are particularly found in the Mid-Atlantic region. They mostly visit this region to feed on different crops. When they enter homes during winter, it is because they want to survive the cold temperature outside. These bugs are considered pests because of how they congregate by the hundreds, and the odor they emit when crushed or disturbed.

This winter, hundreds of stink bugs will be staying on porches if they are left untreated. But, how can these stink bugs survive the cold temperatures especially now that we are experiencing a long winter?

Depending on their location, stink bugs are now suffering from a typical level to a high increase of mortality rate. However, the demise of these bugs cannot be entirely blamed on the cold weather. Scientists are still learning about the causes of how these bugs survive the winter. Nutrition, which includes their fat storage and other resources, play an important role in their overwintering. However, when temperatures are extremely cold and these bugs are exposed to the snow for a long period of time, they may eventually die.

For the brown marmorated stink bugs to survive, they need to overwinter as adults in tight, dry and cold-protected places. Your home may provide such protection and in some cases, you may not even know that these bugs have already found harborage in a secluded area of your home.

Before the winter arrives, stink bugs will be busy feeding on different crops to build and store up fat. Although these bugs still require some nutrition during winter, their needs are minimal and do not require daily, or even weekly nutrition to keep them alive. Their metabolism will slow drastically and in some cases, especially when they are in unfavorable conditions, these bugs will shutdown in a process called diapause, which is similar to hibernation.

During their diapause, these bugs will feed very little or not at all. Their life and their survival will depend on their energy reserves that are stored away before they enter their dormancy. In order for these bugs to enter diapause, they will need to have stored nutrients, with the help of a good metabolism, to make it through winter. Their ability to store up fats can also affect their metabolism when they re-emerge after winter. If these bugs wake up during winter, their health and even their survival could be affected. Although researchers acknowledge that the study of stink bug diapause are poorly understood, they can still conclude that diapause include different chemical signals.

Those stink bugs that are seen moving around homes before spring are considered weakest since they run out of their fat stores. Those who are able to finish the winter and do not come out until spring are the ones with more stored resources. They are also expected to create the next generation of stink bugs, thus continuing their life cycle.

Are stink bugs invading your property? If you have a current stink bug infestation, call Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE inspection, visit our New Jersey Stink Bugs page.

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Stink Bugs this Fall and Ways to Stop Them

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:09 pm November 14, 2014

New Jersey Stink Bug Control

Stink bugs commonly invade homes, farms, and gardens during the fall. As the adult stink bugs look for wintering sites, these bugs will swarm in great numbers and invade outside buildings, windowsills, near doors, and other entry points. They can also invade vegetation outdoors. When these bugs gain entry inside homes, they can stay almost anywhere, such as under sofas or beds, in attics, basements, behind baseboard, and so on.

Although they may stay near or inside homes, these bugs cannot reproduce in homes nor they will not cause structural damage to it. They do not bite people or pets, and do not transmit diseases. However, these pests can be a great nuisance as they invade in hundreds or even thousands. When these bugs are crushed, they emit a foul smell, which suits their name since they really stink.

Stink bugs come in a variety of colors. They can be found, in green, black, brown, and so on. Their shield also contains distinct markings. Most of the time, the stink bugs that you will mostly find are the ones with the brownish appearance, although the green color stink bugs can also be found. Stink bugs are between 1/3 inch and ¾ inch in length. They are also known as shield bugs since their outer shell looks like a shield. They have a triangular shape or an almost rounded shape.

Damage Made by Stink Bugs

When stink bugs invade, they will mostly need to feed on plants and fruits. They love feeding on apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, persimmons, citrus fruits, corns, soybeans, weeds, beans, and so on. This insect is becoming an agricultural pest as it can create great loses on food made for human consumption.

Stopping Stink Bugs

If your home is prone to stink bug invasion make sure that you conduct mechanical exclusion to stop them from entering your premises. Make certain that cracks around windows, doors, utility pipes, siding, and other possible openings are sealed before these bugs come. Also, doors and windows that are damaged should be replaced or fixed.

Stink bugs can be eliminated with the use of pesticides even when they have already gone inside the home. However, the problem with insecticide after they kill the bugs, is that they attract other insects such as carpet beetles. The replacing bugs will feed on the dead stink bugs, the ones that you were not able to get rid of, and will eventually feed on other items inside your home, such as dry goods, woolens, and so on. You can also vacuum these bugs, but as a fair warning, your vacuum will smell pretty bad after.

A better move is to set a trap for these stinky bugs. Since they are attracted to light, and cannot swim, use a desk lamp with a tub of soapy water underneath it, thus creating your own DIY trap. There are also available stink bag traps available in hardware stores that you can use. If all else fail, call your local pest exterminator to get rid of these stink bugs and their eggs.

If you’re dealing with stink bug invasion, let us help you. Call Horizon today for affordable and effective New Jersey Stink Bug Control.

 

The United States Stink Bug Problem

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 7:45 am March 17, 2014

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What are Stink Bugs and where did they come from?

The trouble these brown marmorated stink bugs are causing are just pure destruction. They just do not smell bad, but they are causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California. Predators that are supposed to eat them, are not consuming them fast enough, which makes the situation out of control.

These stink bugs that look like a little brown shield was accidentally introduced from Asia and was first spotted in Pennsylvania in the 1990s. After that, they have spread all over the U.S. These inch-long pests can east about 100 different crops, from soybeans to apples, thus resulting to millions of dollars in crop damage. Just this 2010, U.S apple growers lost $37 million because of these stink bugs.

They don’t Just Smell Bad

Stink bugs are also regarded as a disgusting nuisance to homeowners and even for those who has been selling real estate. Stink bugs do not normally go by themselves, but they are commonly found in numbers. So imagine, if you are selling a home and the person looking at the house find one climbing the wall above the kitchen cabinet while the other was crawling by the window sill? While exterminators may claim that they can fully get rid of all the bugs, but the difficulties to fully getting rid of these bugs will really be a challenge.

Homeowners who suffer from these persistent bugs are found scooping about 300 to 400 stink bugs on just one afternoon. The worst part is getting rid of the stink that could fill the whole weekend just to clean the air out of a building. While some may get used to the pungent odor, but most find it difficult to even describe how the smells smell like. So, just imagine 400 hundred stink bugs in your home, the pungent odor may stay longer even if they are not around.

How we’re dealing with Stink Bugs

Since stink bugs are so repulsive and disgusting, those who are constantly bug by these pests are also creating ways to kill them. People are resorting to creating “death jars” that is consisted of a jar filled with soapy water. The idea is to get the bugs inside the jar and let them drawn since they will be able to get out. Death jars may be sufficient enough for homeowners, but these jars will not suffice the growing nuisance they create in orchards.

These bugs eat up apples, peaches, and pears on vineyards. The use of insecticides may not be a good option because most of these bugs will not even die. Using a stronger insecticide however, may cause more problems since this can kill predators that eat other pests. Bugs that work in orchards for free are essential, but the brown marmorated stink bugs are like bugs that are made of a little tank that is pretty tough to eradicate.

For the past three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have been testing pheromone traps to attract and kill these stink bugs. the trap looks like a 3-foot-tall black arrowhead that is pointing up that is topped with a plastic jar placed upside down. Stink bugs will think that the structure is a tree, which in turn trap and annihilate them. USDA researcher Tracy Leskey who experimented with these traps where able to annihilate more than 60,000 stink bugs in a little more than 20 baited trees.

According to the USDA researchers, they exploited the behaviour of the marmorated stink bugs and used it to their advantage. Like many insects, these bugs have a natural tendency to climb up. So the researchers lined traps to guard the crops that resulted to killing most of them. However, these traps will not kill most of these bugs, which is why the USDA are looking for a more permanent solution.

The USDA believe that the key to winning this battle is to find a biological control, which is to bring in something that kills the bugs. USDA researchers have identified wasps from Asia that attack the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug. Once their proposal is submitted and they are certain that these wasps will not be a cause to further damage to the environment or other native species, then they may be able to release them. And, while permanent solutions are still on the way, homeowners and farmers should still look for alternatives and fight these bugs from continuously destroying crops.

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Stink Bug Season is Almost Over

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 4:28 am January 6, 2014

stink bugs on winter

When stink bugs are frightened or disturbed, they emit an odor from their glands in their thorax. They are called stink bugs simply because they stink. These bugs can be found in fields, yards and gardens, and at times they can also be found indoors such as in homes, offices, building and hotels. While there are around 221 species of stink bugs,  their life cycle is almost the same.

 

Knowing the Stink Bug Life Cycle

Waking up from hibernation. It is during winter that these bugs wake up from their hibernation beneath the earth or leaf litter. During spring, these bugs look for food. In most cases, when the female bug comes out, she is carrying eggs with her and is just trying to find a place to where to have them. Depending on the climate and their location, these eggs may be laid as early as mid-April or as late as mid-December.

Stink bugs eggs. The eggs are commonly white when laid in rows of clusters, but they change to pink as they get closer to hatching. Their mothers watch over them until it is time for the eggs to hatch and the tiny nymphs emerge.

The nymphs. As the nymphs begin to break free through the protective membrane, the other nymphs will also follow. The only purpose of these nymphs once they emerged from their eggs is to just eat. When they come out, they look the same as an adult stink bug, but looks rounder rather than shield-shaped. Through the course of four to five weeks, these nymphs will go through five instars.

Instars are the stages between molts in an insect’s life. For nymphs, the first and second instars look like tick-like, but are yellowish or reddish in color. The final three instars will make the nymphs darker and closer in appearance to the adults.

Adults. Three weeks after her final molt, the female stink bugs can lay her first pod of eggs, which would then start the whole process again. The adult stink bugs mostly feed on plants or insects. These bugs may mate up to four times per year, which could just take for only a few minutes of just a few days.

 

Their Life Cycle  from Fall through Winter

Every fall, these bugs thrive even more. They will get inside homes and you may be able to see the bugs near windows and attics. During fall, aggregation of insects on sunny sides of the home are common. As the summer progresses, these insects will seek warmer places to spend their days where you might be able to see them even more.

As winter approaches, these bugs will seek permanent shelter from the cold. They may even spread the word about a preferred overwintering site through the use of aggregation pheromones, which most would join in. Although many of these bugs would die off when the cold winter comes, but most of the female stink bugs will leave eggs behind to start a new population for next year. Others would simply migrate to warmer climates. Some would stay in burrows in the leaf litter or hinder under loose bark to protect them from the frost. However, your home is still prone to bed bug invasion as they seek shelter from the cold and a place where they could lay their eggs.

 

Dealing with Stink Bugs at Home

The sudden appearance of dozens of even hundreds of insects in your home may cause for an alarm, but there are still known simple remedies to get rid of stink bugs in your home. Keep in mind that stink bugs do not bite. They also do not infest your pantry like other pests do, and they do not do any structural damage to your home. The main reason that they are staying in your home is so they can survive the winter.

To prevent pest entry make sure to:

  • Inspect your home for opening or cracks and repair them once seen.
  • Install insect screening over chimney caps and gable vents and windows.

Once stink bugs enter the structure

Do not use insecticide once these insects have invaded the wall voids and the attic areas. Even though insecticides may kill most of these bugs, there is still a chance that other insects may consume the dead bugs, which could then attack other foods and items inside the home. Do not squish these insects because they emit a foul defensive odor when injured or threatened. Vacuum clean the area where the bugs are residing instead of using chemical pesticides, then remove the vacuum bag and dispose the trash properly when done.

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Pest Control Issues in New Jersey during the Winter

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 11:26 pm December 13, 2013

As the winter and ice becomes evident in New Jersey, so does the pests that goes inside homes during this season. Don’t be fooled, thinking that just because it is winter that rodent and nuisance wildlife, bed bugs, or stink bugs will not be a problem at this time. You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but in the world of pest control, there is no time to rest. Some pests may slow down, but they do not go away. Particularly, rodents, bed bugs and stink bugs are active even during winter. They will continue feeding growing, and multiplying often at the comfort of your home.

Rodents and Nuisance Wildlife

rodents and nuisance wildlife

All rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice gnaw. The reason for their addictive gnawing is that their front teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. It just becomes a necessity for these creatures to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately, rodents gnaw or chew off insulation from power lines in attics and walls, which creates a very serious fire hazard.

These pests are also hosts to different types of parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, lice that could migrate into your living quarters. When these animals die inside your premises, the parasites leave the host animal and find a new host.

What You Can Do

  • Seal any vents or holes that could allow wildlife to enter your attic.
  • Chop down tree branches that can provide great pathways to the exterior of your house, whether to windowsills, gutters, roof or chimney.
  • Store food either inside the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
  • Pet food should be kept in sealed containers.
  • Use baits and traps if the rodents are difficult to catch.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum especially in basement areas where pests can easily hide and find shelter.
  • Have your vents screened.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs on Finger

Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country and not just in Jersey. The thought of your home being infested by these bugs may make you not sleep at night. However, an actual infestation can cause anxiety and fear, not to mention countless bites and marks. They tend to be more active during nights. They can be found in various locations such as mattresses, linens, electrical outlets and even small cracks.

What You Can Do

  • Install mattress encasements on all of your beds in your home.
  • Make sure that your home is clutter-free to so you can find these bugs.
  • Wash your bed covers and blankets and dry in high temperature
  • If buying pre-loved furniture, carefully inspect it before putting it inside the house
  • Inspect your home regularly especially after you travel, when a friend stays overnight, and so on.

 

Stink Bugs

stink bug

With the winter turning cooler, these smelly pests will look for a warm place to stay, which is why homeowners are starting to see these ugly, smelly insects inside. Stink bugs are known for their pungent smell that they mostly emit when they are frightened, disturbed or squashed. These bugs can be found where fruits grow, but they can also be seen infesting crops like soybeans, corn and peppers. When they invade a home, they can be seen near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that provide light and warmth.

What You Can Do

  • Seal or caulk around windows and doors.
  • Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • If they are inside the house, vacuum the insects. Make sure to empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.

 

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How To Keep Your Home Stinkbug Free

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 6:20 pm November 6, 2013

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Stinkbugs have devastating appetite. They’ve been a problem to a lot of farmers across the US, especially in the fall because they eat almost anything in the farm. And, guess what, these bugs can be in your garden. If you see a horde of stinkbugs in your garden, pretty soon these armored insects are going to invade your home. Although stinkbugs are not known to cause any harm to people, seeing them in and around your home can be really annoying. What can you do to keep them from invading your home?

Assessing Stink bug Damage

In its natural habitat, these pests feed on a wide variety of plants. They feed on apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits, persimmons, blackberry, sweet corn and field corn. They also feed on different ornamental plants such as weeds soybeans, and beans.

Life Cycle of the Stink bug

Depending on the temperatures, these bugs can create two or three generations during spring and summer. Adults will usually emerge during the spring and mate and deposit eggs during May through August. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs will look from small black and red nymphs. Once they become adults, they will search for overwintering sites from September through the first half of October.

stink bug eggs

Stopping Stink Bugs from Entering Your Home

Crushing these bugs, is a disgusting solution because they release a stinky scent as a defense mechanism when threatened. They are called stink bugs for a reason. There is a better way to annihilate them, but first let us discuss the things you can do to prevent these clever bugs from invading your home and to stop them from getting in.

Stinkbugs are very cleaver in getting inside your home. So how do you keep these rascals out? Look for possible entry ways for these cleaver bugs.

·         Even the smallest crack is going to let these clever bugs in. Caulk up crevices around the windows and doors.

·         Your door screen may be in good shape, but if there is something wrong with the weather stripping it can be their way in. Make sure that the weather stripping is tight and aligned properly.

·         Loose utility box is an easy access for these bugs. You can use an expandable foam product to seal up the holes or gaps around the utility box.

·         Attics are common entry point for stinkbugs. Replace damaged screens and close the holes or gaps in the attic to keep them out.

·         Wall and window unit with air conditioners can really let in a lot of stinkbugs because there are a lot of gaps around it. Caulk the gaps up to keep them from getting through.

·         Buy a stinkbug trap. These traps can really eradicate a lot of stinkbugs.

Eliminating Stink Bugs

But, what if they are already inside the house? Here are some ways to get rid of them if they are already inside your home.

Capture them. Don’t worry they are completely harmless. You can make a simple stinkbug trap with a water bottle. Simply cut off the top and turn it over to make a funnel. You can easily catch the stinkbug on the wall by placing the trap under the stinkbug and it will fall right into the bottle. If they are too many to catch with a bottle, use a vacuum.

Proper disposal. Once you got them in your trap or vacuum, the next thing to do is to annihilate them. The best way to get rid of them without squashing them is to throw them in a bucket of soapy water. You may also just dump them into your compose pile.

So the next time you see stinkbugs in and around your house, you know how to get rid of them permanently! If you need professional help, get in touch with Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a FREE consultation, click New Jersey Stink Bugs Removal

 

The New Jersey Stink Bug Problem

Filed under: Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 5:03 am October 24, 2013

Horizon Pest Control has been featured in Fox News for our solutions to New Jersey’s Stink Bug Problem.

To read the entire article, please click the link below.

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