Green Pest Solutions – Stink Bugs

Why Do Stink Bugs Smell?

Why Do Stink Bugs Smell?

You don't need to see a stink bug to know it's there—sometimes you just smell it. Find out why stink bugs smell and how you can get rid of them.

While spring and summer are the months most associated with pest problems, it’s fall that tends to have some of the absolute worst pest issues.

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On the surface, stink bugs are a relatively innocuous pest. They do not bite, they do not swarm, and they do not have an appearance that strikes fear in others. They’re a simple little insect that looks as gentle as it is. But stink bugs also have a horrendous odor – and that odor can make them a nuisance. Stink bugs release this odor when they are afraid, and the odor is even more pronounced when they are killed.

Stink bugs tend to enter Pennsylvania homes seeking warmth during the colder months. They may also accidentally find your way outside of your home while flying towards a light or hopping on your pet. Once they enter your home it can be difficult to avoid the odor, because these insects release odor when they’re afraid and your home can be a frightening place.

As soon as you start to notice insects swarming around your home, it’s not uncommon to go to your local hardware store and seek out a bug zapper. Bug zappers are outdoor machines that attract insects and zap them with low amount of electricity, thus decreasing the insect population around your home and cutting down on the number of pests that may invade your property.

Now that temperatures have dropped and we're seeing 40's - 50's across the board this week, it's time to finally release this year's top five fall and winter pests in the mid-Atlantic states!

They have been detected in 40+ states and Canada, creating severe agricultural and nuisance problems in the mid-Atlantic states and posing nuisance problems in at least 13 other states.