What is this smell? It could be a bedbug trying to invade your home this fall.
Brown marmorated stink bugs are identified by their shield-shaped body and are brown and gray with a lighter belly.
They are most often found inside homes during the later summer months and fall, when temperatures begin to drop, according to PestWorld.com. Insects can also appear on sunny sides of houses, where they like to stay warm. Finding a large number of people alive or dead could be a sign of an infestation.
If you see bedbugs inside, don’t panic. There are simple and effective ways to rid your home of the smelly bug. Here’s everything you need to know about bedbugs this fall.
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Where do bedbugs come from?
According to StopBMSB.org, a website devoted to brown marmorated stink bug management in the United States that is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture.
They are commonly found in the eastern half of the United States, but have spread to 47 states, including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as well as California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
According to the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology, bedbugs were first reported in Kentucky in 2010.
Are bedbugs harmful?
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, although large infestations can be a nuisance, they do not bite people or animals and are not known to transmit disease or cause physical harm, although people may be sensitive to the allergens they may give off.
Although stink bugs can congregate almost anywhere indoors, they will not cause structural damage or breed inside homes.
As of 2020, the brown marmorated stink bug can be found in Ohio at high densities in crops and buildings, according to the Ohio State University Extension, but is also often found at low densities in crops and buildings in many areas. many other regions.
How to prevent bedbugs from entering your home
Stink bugs can enter through cracks and crevices. The EPA suggests these tips for keeping bedbugs out of your home:
- Caulk windows inside and out.
- Caulk entry doors and/or install door sweeps if daylight is visible around the perimeter of the door.
- Remove debris and edible vegetation from the foundations of your home.
- Seal foundation cracks.
- Secure crawl space entrances.
- When insulating exposed plumbing pipes around your home’s foundation or crawl space, caulk small gaps and fill larger ones with steel wool.
- If your home has a chimney, cover or screen the top of the chimney to keep pests out.
- Contact a pest control professional to treat surrounding vegetation near your home’s foundation, which may harbor a large population of stink bugs.
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How to get rid of bedbugs
If preventative measures don’t work, here’s how to get rid of bedbugs. But beware: they have this name for a reason. When disturbed or crushed, bedbugs give off an unpleasant odor from the scent glands in their abdomens, according to the EPA.
Due to the smell, getting rid of them takes a bit of care. Here are some options:
Capture and release: Bedbugs are attracted to light. Lure them into a jar or bottle, then dispose of them outdoors or by placing them in an airtight container in the trash.
Use a pesticide, but outdoors only. The use of pesticides indoors is not recommended as it will not prevent more insects from entering.
Use a vacuum cleaner remove live and dead bedbugs from interior areas using a vacuum cleaner. The downside: Your vacuum can smell bad, so empty it as soon as possible.
drown them in a bucket or pan partially filled with soapy water. The EPA suggests a metal pan and a light source to attract them.