How do you get rid of stink bugs?

How Do You Get Rid Of Stink Bugs – In Your Garden

With the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug becoming a bigger threat to the farms and houses in the US, the entomologists are very often posed the same questions: “How do you get rid of Stink Bugs?” or “How to eradicate the stink bugs?”

The answer to it is not easy. When the Shield Bugs infested your garden the ways to fight them are usually with pesticides. There is one problem related to that method though, and it is that the usual pesticides kill also other bugs, which are beneficial to your fruit and vegetable production.

Another way which needs to be considered is the use of natural predators. A common predator can be any other insect or bird, which normally has them in its daily menu. This way of fighting the pest is getting a lot of buzzes in the US in the recent years. However, there are two major problems with this method:

  • The Stink Bugs don’t have many natural predators due to their protective smell
  • The natural predators are very often other type of garden pest. Two examples come to mind – The Predatory Stink Bug and the European Starling.

There are also many natural ways to fight an infestation. However, most of them will seem crazy, and they are not proven to work. It’s understandable since people are trying to find every way possible to get rid of them. Some of the methods mentioned include: spraying them with a hot sauce, soap and water solutions, hairspray and whatever you may think of.

How Do You Get Rid Of Stink Bugs – In Your House

Once in your house the Shield Bugs seem to want to stay in forever. You need a lot of patience and a lot of methods for killing them under your belt in order to find out which one really works.

Despite their small size, they can make a clean and bright home a real stink-hole and sure enough you start asking the same question – how do you get rid of them?

If you did not see the Stink Bugs in big amounts in your garden during the warm months of the year, usually there is nothing to worry about. Normally, they are appearing during the summer months and the beginning of fall, and if they have targeted your house for an invasion, they will do that when the weather starts getting colder.

Probably, the most important word you should consider as in every other pest fight is the word “prevention”.  The best way to make sure they are not going to come and live with you is to take measures.

There are some vegetables which these true bugs particularly like. Tomatoes come to mind as a first choice. So if you want them to stay away from your house, then the best way is not to plant tomatoes in your garden. Well, in the case that you love tomatoes as much as I do, and you cannot imagine a garden without this vegetable, make sure you put them as far as possible from your home.

Another way for the insects to get inside is when you actually invite them. Now you say “Hold on Mike, I never wanted these damn beetles in my home”. Well, that is right. Nobody ever wanted this to happen, but you didn’t take some preventive measures.

  • When you picked your tomatoes or fruits from the garden you have not inspected them and noticed that there is a bug on one of them. Once inside the insect is on the loose. Inspect your garden production carefully!
  • You did not check your clothes. Some of them may have got on your clothes, and you brought them in. Check your clothing carefully after a gardening day!

Once you notice the bugs inside your house you may want to vacuum them with the vacuum cleaner. This might be an effective way as you will also not be using some dangerous chemicals, which might affect your pets or family members.

If this method does not help you may consider using some dusting treatment. Its smell is a good repellent and this might be a very good idea as the dust treatment lasts long.

Of course as a last resort you may consider an extermination service. While this might sound as a good way let me warn you that this service costs quite a lot and is not always effective.