April 6, 2011
Stink Bug Forecast
”Findings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the size of overwintering populations support NPMA’s prediction that this season’s stink bug population will be larger than in the past,” says Jim Fredericks, director of technical services for the NPMA. “As the weather warms, stink bugs emerge from overwintering sites and try to exit structures, but sometimes they enter our living spaces instead.”
“Although these smelly pests do not pose serious property or safety threats to homeowners, their tendency to invade homes in high numbers can be a nuisance,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Luckily, there are steps people can take to prevent stink bugs from entering their homes.”
NPMA offers the following tips:
* Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans and light switches.
* Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to stink bugs.
* Repair damaged window screens. Also screen attic and crawlspace vents.
* Use a vacuum to eliminate stink bugs indoors. Seal vacuum’s contents in a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.
If you're concerned about stink bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
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