Why Are There Stink Bugs On My West Chester, PA Property?

September 23, 2021

Is there anything more annoying than stink bugs? Every year these pests find their way into area homes, like magic, and every year West Chester, PA homeowners are driven insane by their presence. If you are here today because these pests have claimed your living areas as their own, you are in the right place. We are experts in stink bug control and have everything you need to fight back against these problematic pests. Keeping this in mind, here are some great places to start.

up close image of stink bug on a wall

What Are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs are local agricultural pests that occasionally find their way into area homes. Identify one of these bugs by its mottled grayish-brown ¾” long, triangular/shield-shaped body and the audible flapping noise it makes when flying around. One thing you should know about this invasive pest is that they stink, both figuratively and literally. When crushed or threatened, a stink bug releases a pungent smell. If you want to know exactly how bad these pests smell, find a bottle of the cooking spice cilantro, and take a big whiff. 

When Are Stink Bugs A Problem?

Because stink bugs are mainly agricultural pests, you are unlikely to find these bugs indoors during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. The only reason these pests invade homes is to escape the cold of winter. Invasions usually start with dozens to hundreds of stink bugs soaking up the warmth on the sunny side of a home. From here, stink bugs find holes, gaps, and cracks that they use to get indoors. Once inside, these smelly pests hide inside wall voids and occasionally buzz around living areas, causing annoyance and other problems to homeowners.

How To Keep Stink Bugs Out

Stink bugs invade homes in a variety of ways. To make sure these pests stay out of your living areas this fall and winter, here are some general exclusion tips to put into use.

  • Check your home’s exterior foundation for gaps, holes, and cracks. Also, look for spacing around window/door frames. Seal off any damage you find using a caulking gun.
  • Install door sweeps beneath every exterior door around your home. If you already have door sweeps, make sure they are in good condition.
  • Repair or replace damaged or improperly installed weatherstripping.
  • Keep unscreened doors, and windows closed as much as possible.

Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?

One question we are frequently asked is: “Are stink bugs dangerous?” The simple answer to this question is no. These smelly pests are not harmful in any traditional ways. They do not spread disease, they do not bite, and they are not venomous. The only way stink bugs harm humans is by damaging their psyche. There are few things as bothersome as constantly finding large bugs crawling and flying around inside your home, especially when there seems like no way to get them out. Thankfully, there is a good way to eliminate and prevent these pests.

What To Do If Stink Bugs Invade

As we head into fall, stink bugs will be invading any home that allows them entry. To keep these pests out of your living areas or to have an infestation of these bugs removed from your property, get the experts at Masters Touch Pest Solutions on your side. Our team works hard each year to pest-proof area properties against invasive and stress-inducing pests like stink bugs.

Call us today to find your solution to stink bugs. We exist to serve residents around West Chester and are ready to go out of our way to make sure you get the care you deserve. 

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