The Stink Bug, i.e. the brown marmorated invasive pest (BMSB), was accidentally introduced to the US thro Pennsylvania in 1990. The first detected NC appearance occurred in Forsyth County in 2009. Officially tagged Halyomorpha halys, the brown stinkbug now resides as a widespread pest across the United States, and is a troublesome presence throughout the piedmont and mountain regions of our home state. According to papers from the NC State Extension, as of February 2017 this Asian native has confirmed residence in sixty-four of the 100 counties located in North Carolina.
Although acknowledged as devastating to an extensive selection of food crops, the BMSB tends to establish populations in roadside vegetation, local landscapes and structures – including homes that allow the bugs to ride out the chills of winter. Reports from NC homeowners, Metrolina organic gardeners and regional farmers taken from 2010 to 2015 reveal increasing stink bug invasions across the state. Late summer tends to be prime season for local stinkbug activity.
Stink Bugs – Here Again
Perhaps you are among those Charlotte homeowners who are starting to spot these pesky little insects on your window screens. Maybe some have already entered your Charlotte home. Fall is growing near, which means they may begin invading your home for the winter.
Your job now… Minimize the stinkbug home invasion.
However, this is a battle in which homeowners often fail to fully engage. Applied insecticides help reduce the initial invasion, and many homeowners consider this an effective defense. When applied by untrained non-professionals though, pesticides can leave a residual risk to homeowners, family and pets. Caution must be taken before, during and after the application of any high-risk insecticide solution.
There is also a second drawback to using insecticides to control stinkbugs and other Carolina regional pests. Whereas insecticides might provide only a short-term remedy, keeping pests out offers a more sure-fire approach to stinkbug control.
Six Steps to Prevent Stinkbugs and Other Pest Infestations
1. Seal Your Home
A well-sealed home not only keeps out pests, but also helps you reduce home energy expenses. Steps include:
- Sealing windows and doors
- Closing vents over the stove and fireplace
- Attaching screening materials to crawlspace and attic vents
- Repairing or replacing damaged door sweeps and thresholds
- AND sealing any other noticeable points of small critter entry.
2. Make Use of Sticky Traps
Stops everything crawly, including ants, spiders, stinkbugs, crickets and roaches.
3. Keep it Clean
- Put away dirty dishes
- Sweep and mop your floors
- Routinely empty the garbage
- Use plastic containers to better seal grains, pet food, rice, sugar and nuts
- AND kill the odor of foraging insects by wiping countertops with vinegar.
4. Routine Whole-House Vacuuming
No sealing can prevent all insect entry into your home. Vacuuming catches the stragglers, cleans up before they can leave stains, get crushed and stink or breed additional problems.
5. Eliminate Necessary Insect Survival Resources
Water is one of the main resources stink bugs need to survive inside a home. Drippy faucets, wet bowls and plates and outdoors water faucets all serve to ensure survival of unwanted household pests. So, do your best to eliminate these survival resources!
6. Eliminate Clutter
Like most Charlotte household pests, stinkbugs seek dark hiding places. Rather than stacking up piles of junk mail and old newspapers, eliminate such unnecessary items. Also avoid piling clothes on the floor of your closets or laundry room.
Eliminate Stinkbugs in Charlotte with Professional Pest Control
Summer still reigns, but recent Carolina days have involved a bit of cool air. Some locals are already reporting signs of these pests in the home. It’s a sign that fall may bring in pests along with that nice cool air!
Carolina Pest Management offers professional, environmentally safe pest control throughout the Charlotte region. From humane removal of big wildlife invaders to natural pest control solutions, we’ve got you covered for all of your pest control needs in the Charlotte area. Our technicians will work one-on-one with you to develop a unique strategy that best suits your pest-related problems, including safer, greener and more effective control of local stinkbug populations. With offices in Charlotte, Monroe and Rockingham, we have a nearby pest control solution for you. Contact Carolina Pest Management to schedule an appointment today!