Wacky Pest Wednesday: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Another Wednesday means that another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday is heading your way, Tri-County Pest Control fans!  Come join us in our latest installment, as we cover a critter that we spoke at length about in our previous blog: the stink bug!

If you’ve been keeping up with our recent blogs, you’d know that stink bugs are a pest that you should stay on the lookout for as the weather begins to turn.  These invasive critters are not native to the United States, which means that a lack of natural predators makes the stink bug a formidable pest to deal with. However, don’t let this fact or their appearance fool you, as they cannot bite, sting, or hurt you in any way—instead, their needle-like mouth is only used to pierce the skin and suck out the juices of plants, fruits, and even other bugs!

Yet, one thing you should remain slightly fearful about is the awful stench that stink bugs can emit when they’re threatened or squashed.  We hope that you never have to smell it, as the best thing we can compare it to is a band of angry skunks or seriously overpowering cilantro—it’s just plain nasty.  When it comes to these pests, the best way to deal with them is to place them outside (by letting them crawl onto a piece of paper and placing it outside) or to vacuum them up.  Just toss out the bag once you’ve sucked them up, or you run the risk of spreading around their awful smell the next time you go to clean your carpets!

Believe it or not, stink bugs hibernate during the winter—much like bears, groundhogs, and other animals.  So, if you see them in your home, at least you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that they are not actively laying eggs, and by extension, making the infestation that much worse.

Even though they are not exacerbating the infestation, you shouldn’t have to put up with stink bugs this fall.  They are harmless, but an overly curious child or pet might frighten the critter enough to where they emit that awful stench.  So, should you see a few in your home, be sure to stick to our tips and give us a call!

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