Leaves are changing, fall is in the air, and stink bugs are invading.
Everyone sees these insects as they are everywhere this time of year. The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, an invasive species from Asia. Surprisingly new to the area, it invaded the United States in 1998 and was found in Ohio in 2007. Thought to have immigrated from produce cargo, they have slowly been working their way across the United States.- Advertisement -
This spear-shaped insect feeds on food crops and ornamental flowers. Found on soybeans and corn the stink bugs stay away until the fall season, when the cooler weather starts. These bugs start invading homes though cracks and crevices looking for a warm place to live for the winter. These bugs do not bite and are more of an annoyance with having also an “ewwwwww” factor.
How do you prevent these little bugs from invasion? Squish them and you’ll find out quickly why they are labeled as stink bugs. Additionally, bug sprays do not seem to be effective either. Don’t directly vacuum them up with your sweeper or you can make the whole house smell like a stink bug. Prevention is the only way by checking doors and windows for cracks and crevices that allow them in. If you find them in your home, pick them up and toss them outside or use a sock over the end of your vacuum and suck them into the sock to be left outside. This will prevent these little invaders to not spend the winter with you.