Pittsburgh StinkBug Control Exterminator
Yes, there is a treatment for them!!! The stinkbug, or specifically the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a species that is not native to the United States. It was introduced in Eastern Pennsylvania in the 1990’s and has spread to several states that have similar climates to their native China, Korea and Japan. Stinkbugs are characterized by their distinctive “shield” shape that is shades of brown. Adult stinkbugs can reach up to an inch in size. Stinkbugs are active in homes all year but most common in the in the late summer through the early winter when the adult bugs are drawn towards warm structures as overwintering sites.
Problems associated with stinkbugs: Stinkbugs are not physically dangerous to people but they can be a pest like no other. Crawling around your home, flying into your windows and lights are constant reminders you are not alone in your own home. Another unique problem the terrible “stink” they emit from their bodies when threatened or when squashed. The story of this pest is different for people with a green thumb. Stinkbugs have caused a significant agricultural problem in the state of Pennsylvania. It is responsible for the severe losses in food such as apples, peaches, soybeans and sweet corn.
How do we get rid of these pests? The most effective way to get rid of stinkbugs in your home is to employ pest control professionals to take care of Stinkbugs Control preventative services and the stowaways already in your home. At Budget Pest Control Inc., we use our experience to track down and preventatively treat any areas that stink bugs can creep into. If the bugs are already inside the structure, we focus additional efforts in the attic and any cracks and crevices in the interior of the structure. This provides an extra layer of protection against new stinkbugs as well as helps kill the ones that are already there.
Give Budget Pest Control a call 24/7 and after a chat with one of our friendly, informative office personnel regarding our Stinkbugs Control treatments, we can provide you with plan of action and an estimate along with service available 7 days a week!
Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are very recognizable insects, they are shaped similar to a shield, usually measuring about ¾ to 1 inch in size. They have a distinct brown and green mottled pattern to their bodies. They also have the ability to fly, albeit very poorly, which tends to be very noisy.
- Stink bugs are thought to not have existed in our state, or even our country, until 1998, when a shipping trailer from China delivered to Allentown (eastern PA) was infested with the insect.
- There are species of the stink bug family in other regions of the world that will actually attack and kill the marmorated stink bug, but due to the negative impact they have on other beneficial insects, they cannot be introduced to our ecosystem.
- The stink bug, other than being a real nuisance and smelling awful, is not harmful to humans. They do not bite, sting or attack.
MYTH: Crushing a stink bug releases its signature “stink” that will cause other stink bugs to swarm to the site.
FACT: While, yes, the stink bug will release that scent upon death, it will not attract other bugs. The chemical that stink bugs release to attract others is a specific pheromone not associated to their stink-chemical.
MYTH: Stink bugs cause damage to homes and businesses.
FACT: They will not damage a structure that they’ve taken shelter in. The only true damage that stink bugs will do is to damage trees/gardens, as they will cause rot to plant life that they’ve eaten and cause damage to trees.
MYTH: You can seal your home’s vents and entry points to prevent stinkbugs getting into the structure.
FACT: Unless you’re willing to live in a vacuum-sealed home/bubble/box, stinkbugs miraculously find ways into the most fortified of homes.
- Stinkbugs will graciously make you aware of their presence in several ways, the most common being to end up bombard you with their poor flying skill. The other ways the present themselves is by sunning themselves on the warmest exterior wall of your home or by taking shelter in items you have stored in a warm, insulated attic.
- Another factor of infestation is the presence of their signature “stink”, which can be described as a musty or moldy smell, they will emit this scent when threatened or crushed.
Frequently Asked Questions
They are shield-shaped bugs known for their ability to emit a foul odor.
The smell is a defense mechanism against predators.
They are not harmful but can be a nuisance.
Originally from Asia, they have spread to other parts of the world.
They feed on fruits, vegetables, and other plants.
Sealing entry points, cracks and crevices will help, however Budget Pest Control has effective treatments to prevent home entry.
Yes, they have wings and are capable of flying.
They can bite but usually don’t.
They are most active in the warmer months.
Through cracks, windows, and doors.
They tend to aggregate, especially in the winter.
Lights and warmth can attract them.
They don’t cause structural damage but can invade in large numbers.
They enter a dormant state in cold weather.
Birds, bats, and spiders are common predators.
About 6-8 months.
Yes, they can cause significant damage to crops.
They are typically brown or gray.
They lay eggs, often on the underside of leaves.
No, they are not adapted to swim.