YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Autumn is a time for bonfires, changing leaves and cooler weather, but the change in the season also means the invasion of some unpleasant insects.
Fall is stink bug season; as the weather gets colder, these little creatures want to get inside your home to find a warm spot to live.
The pests get their name from the nasty odor they emit when they are frightened or squashed. They won’t bite and are otherwise harmless to humans, but the unpleasant odor can be an issue.
The weather pattern can play a role in when stink bugs seek shelter inside homes and businesses, according to Exterminator Lenny Carkido.
“Last fall, I didn’t see that many stink bugs with all the homes and businesses I have been to. I have already started seeing them starting about two weeks ago throughout our area here,” Carkido siad.
If you want to get rid of stink bugs, you can just fill up a cup with soapy water and knock them into the cup. Empty the cup in the toilet or outside.
The brown marmorated stink bug likes to live in attics and other undisturbed areas, but does the type of house you have increase your chances for an infestation?
“I have never, throughout my years of doing this, I have never seen a different color of a finish of a home, siding or brick or stone that would attract them more than if a house was all red or if a house was all white,” Carkido said.
In order to prevent the nuisance insects from entering your home, make sure to seal cracks in windows, doors and siding. If you have stink bugs inside, it’s a good idea to call the local exterminator.
Stink bugs will not damage your home, but they are a huge issue for gardeners and farmers. They feed on fruits, vegetables and flowers, causing millions of dollars in damage to agriculture per year.