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In Your House
Stink bugs are fairly non-threatening to
humans, but they are still an insect you
don’t want in your house.
As their name suggests, their main defense
mechanism is to release an odorous fluid
if they feel threatened.
If you come in contact with this liquid,
it can cause skin irritation.
Some people also may experience
allergic reactions to the scent that
stink bugs release.
Figuring out why these bugs
are in your house helps you
to stop this common and
annoying pest problem.
Why Are Stink Bugs
Suddenly Showing Up?
A stink bug’s life cycle involves mating and reproducing
throughout the spring and summer months.
Once winter comes along, they seek out shelter from
the cold and go dormant.
If you’ve suddenly noticed a large amount
of stink bugs, then you’ve likely caught
them at a critical point in their seasonal
Whether they are reproducing or seeking
a winter shelter, watching out for these
reasons why they are in your house helps
you create an action plan to stop the invasion.
an Easy Entry Point
Like many other pests, stink bugs need
a way to get inside to start an infestation.
Look around your house for these
common points of entry.
• Holes in window screens
• Broken weatherstripping around windows
• Cracks around electrical outlets and pipes
• Damaged siding or cracks around the
to Your Home’s Lighting
These insects are attracted to lights.
Consider switching to motion-activated
lights to illuminate your home’s pathways
in the evenings.
Switching to yellow bulbs or sodium vapor
lights can also help you to avoid attracting
stink bugs to the door.
They Hitched a Ride On
Something You Carried Inside
If you’ve recently done work on the outside
of your house, then it is possible that you
brought stink bugs inside with you.
This commonly happens when someone
brings in outdoor seasonal decorations that
are infested with stink bugs.
Giving inflatables, flags and other items