Stink bugs are a major nuisance, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Stink bugs are a pest that can be a major nuisance for homeowners during the spring and summer months.

Due to their rapid reproductive habit and capacity to cause significant damage to various types of plant life, stink bugs are viewed by many as a growing problem in the United States. In many cases, the best way to keep your home stink bug free is to prevent them from gaining access in the first place. Using the information provided here, a responsible homeowner will be better able to keep their home safe from this frustrating pest.

Stink bugs are members of order Hemiptera, and are thus considered to be true bugs. One of the most common species, the brown marmorated stink bug, can sometimes be found around homes in Florida, especially during the warm weather. These bugs grow up to 17mm in length as adults, and can be identified by their varied, dark and light brown coloration.

Life Cycle

During the early summer, the adult females of this species will begin to lay eggs, usually between 20 and 30 at a time. These eggs will be attached to the underside of plants, and in less than a week new nymphs will emerge. The nymphs are fairly easy to spot due to their bright yellow and red colors, and they will quickly feed and grow throughout the rest of the summer.

By fall, these nymphs will be grown adults. They will then seek out a safe, secluded area in which they can live through the cold winter months. It is this that can often bring them into contact with homeowners. A home can provide the stink bugs with the perfect hiding place to remain warm and safe all winter. They will often exploit openings in the exterior of the structure, and can sometimes hide in areas such as crawlspaces and inside walls. Once they are inside the home, it can be much harder to remove them, and as such preventative treatment is often focused on the exterior of the structure. During the spring, the stink bugs will reemerge from their hiding places. They will often be found at this time massed on the exterior of the building.

Beyond the nuisance that they can cause to homeowners, stink bugs can be very damaging to plants as well.

Stink bugs, as adults and as nymphs, feed on a variety of plants. Common plants that they can sometimes consume include the following:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Tomatoes

Due to this threat, many farmers and others who work with agriculture are concerned by the threat that stink bugs may pose as they continue to reproduce and spread. Stink bugs feed on plants by piercing their stems and fruit with their sucking mouthparts. This leaves behind a scar on the plant as it continues to grow, which can ruin its appearance and damage it permanently.

Homeowners concerned with the threat that could be posed by stinkbugs can protect their home by taking several important measures. As stated above, the nuisance caused by stink bugs is due to their tendency to overwinter in homes.

Prevent Stinkbugs from entering your home:

As such, the first step that homeowners should take is to ensure that any cracks or caps in the exterior of the home are sealed. Any other potential openings, such as unsealed windows or unscreened vents, should also be sealed up if possible. If you are concerned about potential vulnerabilities around your home, it is best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect the home and identify any potential problems.

Ways to Eliminate Stink Bugs:

If you are dealing with stinkbugs already inside the home, there are a few treatment options that can be effective to eliminate the population. Due to the difficulty and risks of using treatment products in your home, homeowners should  call Arrow Pest Service to administer treatment to the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our technicians begin each treatment job with a thorough inspection of the property, which we use to identify any signs of pest activity as well as any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation. Once this is complete, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

So if you are dealing with pests, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!