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Stink Bugs in Manassas: What You Should Know

Manassas in the fall is beautiful – the weather is cooling and the air is crisp. There’s just one thing that could contaminate the fresh fall air if it’s hanging out around your home: The stink bug.

What are stink bugs?

Stink bugs are about ¾ inch long, and are recognizable by their shield-like shape and the brown marbling patterns on their back. When dwelling outdoors, they’re known to feed on orchard fruits like peaches and apples, and on garden produce like tomatoes, corn, peppers, and blackberries. Their foul odor comes from the substance they secrete when disturbed or squashed.

Why do they show up in the fall?

If you’re just starting to notice stink bugs in or around your home, it’s because this is the time of year that these smelly little pests begin looking for warm shelters to overwinter. You’ll often find them on the warm sides of buildings, but real problems begin when they make their way through cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior. If they overwinter in your home, you can expect to see them everywhere come spring, when they wake up and begin to move around.

How do I get rid of them?

Getting rid of stink bugs can be tricky – vacuuming them up will leave an odor in your home, and insecticides should be avoided indoors. That’s why, this time of year, prevention is key. Using silicone caulk, seal up all openings and cracks around your windows, doors, and siding.

Stink bugs can be a major headache this time of year. If you’re experiencing a smelly invasion, contact Green Pest Services. Our team of professionals can help with prevention and elimination, so you can take in the fresh fall air once again.