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Stink Bug Removal Service

Stink Bugs Overview

Brown marmorated stink bugs are mainly agricultural pests, hated by farmers and backyard gardeners alike for their habit of piercing through fruits and vegetables with their mouthparts and causing noticeable bruising of produce. Additionally, they tend to move indoors in the fall to begin their hibernation for the winter. If you’re suffering from a stink bug invasion in your home or business, Braman can provide help through our stink bug removal service.

Where are They Found?

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As a newer invasive species from Asia, the stink bug doesn’t yet have any natural predators and can spread very rapidly. While they are primarily active in summer and fall, they often enter New England buildings to overwinter (the technical term for their hibernation). Sometimes, they find cool enough places in structures to successfully overwinter, but in the springtime, they warm up and wander around again, causing pest issues the following year. Other times, it is too warm for them to successfully overwinter, so they wander around structures and continue to be bests into the fall.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are shield-shaped with a brown spotty coloring. They have straw-like mouthparts used for sucking the juices out of fruits and vegetables. During their summer egg laying period, female stink bugs can lay dozens of eggs, by attaching them on the underside of plant’s leaves in a large mass. The eggs hatch a few days later and the immatures feed on the leaves, growing and becoming adults by fall.

What Makes Stink Bugs Harmful?

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While stink bugs don’t bite humans or spread disease, their presence can be annoying. As its name implies, the stink bug will emit a foul-smelling liquid if it feels threatened or is mishandled. 

While they are mainly considered just a nuisance in your home, they are extremely harmful to the agricultural industry because they cause serious damage to crops, fruit trees and gardens.

Signs Stink Bugs are Present in Your Home or Facility

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Stink bugs generally appear inside during the late summer and early fall when temperatures outside start to cool. If you find large numbers of live or dead stink bugs inside, that means you have some kind of exclusion issue allowing them indoors. It’s also a sure sign that your home is in need of our stink bug removal process because it has become an overwintering location. If a structure is desirable for stink bugs one year, it will continue to be for years to come.

Treatment

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The key to the stink bug control is to prevent them from ever entering your home or business. We know this is easier said than done, so we offer stink bug treatment methods if the need does arise.

Stink bug prevention includes sealing cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes and chimneys. These bugs can also enter from electrical outlets, light switches, ceiling fans or skylights, so make sure you use a good quality caulk. If you need to know how to remove stink bugs that have already invaded your home, you can start by isolating the affected areas and vacuuming to remove both the live and dead bugs.

If you contact Braman, we can help with a pre-treatment in the late summer or early fall to make sure these pests stay out of your building.

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Fun Fact

The brown marmorated stink bug invades homes and businesses as the frost comes, seeking warm accommodations where it either lies dormant, dies in the walls or wanders about.

Fun Fact

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a major agricultural pest, causing browning and bruising of fruits and vegetables and ruining marketability.

(Attribution: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org)