As fall quickly approaches, it’s time to think about which pests will unearth themselves during the cooler temperatures. The most common bug that superfluously rears its’ ugly head in the fall is the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The name “stink bug” refers to the scent glands located on the dorsal surface of the abdomen and the underside of the thorax. These critters have a “shield” shape with patches of a coppery color.
Stink bugs are problematic in areas of farm fields, community gardens, and for homeowners. Unfortunately, stink bugs have a penchant for sheltered locations such as business offices, sheds, garages, outbuildings, and other structures that protect them from the harsh winter months. Oftentimes, as the leaves begin to turn colors, you will see campers, boats, and other recreational vehicles become invaded.
According to Dr. Michael J. Raupp from the University of Maryland, the colder temperatures bring the movement and development of the stink bug to a standstill. Stink bugs seek refuges to stay protected from dangerous predators and the bitter cold of winter. For residents and business owners in the Albuquerque or El Paso areas dealing with this pest problem, there are several remedies that may help eliminate your stink bug problem.
- Kill stink bugs on the spot. Yes, it is a messy job, but the smell actually warns other stink bugs to run for their lives.
- Flush them down the toilet.
- Vaccuum bugs and empty the bag afterward.
- Secure all points of entry.
- Rub window and door screens with dryer sheets. The pungency of the sheets creates a barrier of odor against stink bugs.
If the above techniques do not work, contact our office for an appointment. Our team can provide an inital service to treat all areas conducive to the stink bug problem.