Wacky Pest Wednesday: Stink Bugs

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Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at the stinkbug.

The stink bug is what we call an invasive species, as they emigrated over here from Asia in the mid 1990’s and have no natural predators.  That being said, the stink bug population is currently rising, so don’t be surprised if you catch a few in your home this summer.

Outside, they try to nab a quick meal on any vegetation that may be blooming at the moment.  Flowers, shrubs, crops, and general decorative plants are not safe with a stinkbug in the picture.  However, if you have plants that live indoors, stinkbugs will try to find a way into your home.

If you haven’t been able to tell by its name, the stinkbug is notorious for giving off a stink (just like a skunk).  They primarily use it as a defensive mechanism by spraying their stink whenever they feel threatened.  Now, if you crush a stink bug, you are bound to crush the reservoir in which it keeps its smelly chemicals, releasing them into the air.  Should you see a stinkbug in your home, try to get it to go outside, or worst-case scenario, grab a vacuum cleaner and suck him right up.  Just don’t step on him.

Due to their status as an invasive species, the stinkbug population is bound to increase this summer.  To protect your family, home, and plants from the impending stinkbug invasion, give us a call today to set up some preventative treatment plans.  In no time, you’ll have your yard protected and monitored; a stronghold in the war against the stinkbug.

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