Fall weather is almost here, and for many of us that means raking leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and stinkbugs. That’s right, everyone’s least favorite fall invader will soon arrive (if they haven’t already). While stinkbugs aren’t particularly dangerous to humans, they aren’t exactly pleasant to have around. After all, they’re called stinkbugs for a reason.

So what do you need to know to be prepared for this autumnal annoyance? Here are a few things to do to keep the stinkbugs out of your home.

Fill in the Cracks

Like many insects, stinkbugs like to come into your home through cracks. That could be cracks between doors and doorframes, windows and window frames, cracks in your foundation, or even cracks in the outer wall of your house. It’s worth conducting a thorough inspection and fill in any cracks you find with caulk. For doors and windows, a simple and effective method to keep stinkbugs out is weatherstripping. Lastly, it might be a good idea to cover vents with mesh screens to prevent them from getting in that way.

Clean Up

Stinkbugs love getting into little nooks and crannies often found in stacks of papers, boxes, etc. If you’re a bit of a hoarder and keep a bunch of papers, boxes, and other stuff in your basement, garage, storage room, etc., now is an excellent time to tidy those places up. Not only will this likely prevent a stinkbug infestation, but it’ll give you peace of mind Marie Kondo style.

Drown, Don’t Squash Them

If you see stinkbugs in your house, remember not to squash them, as tempting as that might be. That’s what sets off their unappealing odor. Instead, scrape, fling, or nudge them into a bucket of soapy water. The soap will prevent them from climbing out while they drown, and you can simply dump the bucket in your yard later.

Call In The Pros

Of course, if you do have a stinkbug invasion, it might be a good idea to call in the pros. We’re happy to help alleviate any stinkbug colonies you find and to take steps to ensure they don’t come back. Contact us to schedule a free inspection and estimate.

Eco Care is a family-owned pest-control company. Eco Care owner Erich Grove, a board-certified entomologist, uses science to get insects and other pests under control in Howard County and surrounding areas of Maryland and that means you have science on your side. If stink bugs are troubling you and your home, please call our office at 410-465-3709 or schedule treatment online.