How Do You Get Rid of Stink Bugs?

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Stink bugs typically enter homes in search of warm places to hide during colder months. To prevent infestation, seal off entry points, remove excess moisture around the house, use a vacuum cleaner, keep lights off, and eliminate food sources. You need caulk, airtight containers and a vacuum cleaner.

  1. Seal off openings and cracks

    Stink bugs can find their way inside through holes, cracks and other openings around your house. Conduct a thorough inspection of all possible entry points, and use silicone or latex caulk to seal around them.

  2. Get rid of food

    Stink bugs are attracted to the smell of food left out, so keep garbage cans sealed and dispose of trash regularly. Store any other food in airtight containers or inside the refrigerator, and be careful to wipe up errant crumbs or spills.

  3. Use a vacuum

    For the stinkbugs that have made it past the entry ways, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them without squashing and spreading their odor. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag right away to prevent any odors from clinging to the inside of the bag.

  4. Reduce moisture around the house

    Stink bugs are attracted to moisture, so to reduce the attraction, check for leaking pipes and slow or clogged drains around the house. Have any leaks repaired as soon as possible.

  5. Turn off the lights

    Stink bugs, like many insects, are attracted to lights. Try to keep porch lights off, and pull down your shades at night to prevent indoor light from shining outside.