Stink bugs have become a problem in recent years invading homes and making a mess. They’re not native to the United States but have fared well along the eastern seaboard. Infestations start every fall as stink bugs move onto homes to avoid the cooler temps of fall. As fall turns to winter, stink bugs will forage inside living spaces.
Stink bugs will get worse from year to year. As homes are targeted and used, the scent they leave will attract more and more unless treatments to stop the invasion are initiated. Stink bugs live several years and unlike many of our native pests, they don’t die in the winter. Once a good location is found to hibernate, they’ll return from year to year and in the process bring their friends.
To get rid of stink bugs, you need to spray the outside of the home with CYPERMETHRIN. This will both kill and repel stink bugs trying enter. Treatments should start every fall, before they arrive, to insure you have a good protective barrier in place.
Once inside the home, treat the cracks and crevices of every room with either DFORCE AEROSOL or PHANTOM AEROSOL. If you want a quick kill, go with the Dforce. Phantom takes a few days to kill them but it’s well worth waiting since Phantom will cross contaminate other stink bugs meaning you can kill a lot more by using the Phantom. The organic spray for inside would TOPIA AEROSOL.
Stink bugs are a major pest and because we have so much information on their biology and how to treat local infestations, we have a separate website just for them that covers all you need to know.
More reading here: STINK BUG CONTROL ARTICLE