What's the Best Way to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Without Using Insecticide?


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While there are several ways to get rid of stink bugs without using insecticides, one of the best options for pests indoors is vacuuming them. Outdoors, deterring them and using soapy water helps. The best method ultimately depends on the location and severity of the stink bug infestation.

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For stink bugs inside the home, use a vacuum cleaner attachment to suck them up. A hand-held vacuum can be very helpful for serious infestations or bugs in hard to reach places. Dump the canister or dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after vacuuming.

Another option for indoor control requires a damp towel and a bucket of soapy water. Hang the damp towel in the infested area overnight. In the morning, dunk the entire towel, now covered in stink bugs, into the bucket of soapy water. Additionally, stink bugs can be sprayed with soapy water if the infestation isn't bad.

Outdoors, the towel and soapy water method works well. Hang the towels over a chair or from porch rails. Submerge the towel in the morning before stink bugs fly away. Traps consisting of bottles with tops cut off and inverted to make a funnel also help control the pests. Fill the bottle with water and dispose when full.

Try deterring stink bugs in both the home and garden. Use mint or garlic plants or scents around the garden or house. Spray plants and entrance points with solutions of water and these scents. Introduce predators, such as lady bugs, to the garden. Block entry to the home by installing screens and filling gaps around windows and doors.

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