i have read your article on stink bugs!! i was very happy to find it. i have just moved into a new home and these stink bugs are invading our whole upstairs although we haven’t seen many downstairs! i’ve seen 1 outside but thousands inside… please tell me how to get rid of these forever!! and here’s 1 question please.. i have small children; do they bite and can they harm you???
If you read through our STINKBUG CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn these guys live for many years and tend to use the same house every year for their winter shelter. My guess is they’ve got your house marked as a great place to stay and that over the last few years, more and more have learned to hang out there in the fall and winter. To defeat them will require some action on your part as explained in our article (link above and below) but here are some brief guidelines on what you’ll need to do..
For starters, you can treat the cracks and crevices of the rooms where you see them with some DFORCE or TOPIA AEROSOL. Both will kill on contact; the Dforce provides a long lasting residual where as the Topia is the organic option and as such will have to be applied over and over. Topia is more of a contact killer only.
I also suggest you set out some STINKBUG LIGHT TRAPS as they will do a great job of helping the cause and reducing the local activity. Lastly, even though you don’t see any outside, treating the siding of the home with some CYPERMETHRIN can really help get rid of them as they move in and out of the home. As our article explains, these guys will remain active in the fall foraging out on warm days to find food and then back into the home at night when it gets cool. If the home is treated outside, they’ll pick up a lethal dose of the treatment when moving over it which in turn will reduce their numbers. This is vital for getting long term control of the problem. In the end it’s the outside treatments that will both defeat and prevent future infestations on the inside.
Regarding the stinkbugs and whether they bite or not; generally they do not present any kind of hazard to people. The biggest “problem” with them is that they smell. Homes with active infestations will many times take on the odor of these bugs which is nasty. If you allow them to exist for a few seasons, no doubt the home will start to “stink” requiring more than just the insecticides we recommend.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Stinkbug Control Article: http://www.bugspray.com/article/stinkbug.html