Stink bugs are characterized by their oval, or shield shape, brown color, and especially the smell they release when threatened or squished. Adult stink bugs can be up to ¾ inch long, or the size of a dime. They are found across the eastern half of the United States, as well as some of the south. They are a fairly new addition to the U.S. bug world, being native to eastern Asia and only showing up in the U.S. in the late 1990’s. Because they are foreign, they have no natural predators in the U.S. which allows them to quickly spread and infest your home. Stink bug infestations are common in spring and summer, but a professional exterminator will help you dispose of them quickly. Fox Pest Control is here to help with your stink bug problem.
You might already know you have a stink bug infestation but here is the most common sign stink bug exterminators look for in Northern VA.
During certain times of the year in Northern VA, you need to control stink bugs because that’s when they gather in extremely large numbers in preparation for winter. They might be found on the side of your car, house, or other structure.
If you have a stink bug infestation, homeowners will notice a foul scent that will linger for hours.
Think you have a stink bug problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (703) 454-8200 for a free Northern VA stink bug control quote.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized stink bug treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain stink bug free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the stink bugs don’t come back. If you see any stink bug activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Especially in extreme cases, professional pest control is the best way to make sure these stinkers don’t stick around at your place in Northern VA for the long term.
In the meantime:
Don’t squish them or else they will stink and leave stains
Inside: Use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up
Outside: Use soapy water and a garden hose
Getting rid of stink bugs is important because their populations fluctuate throughout the year. Stink bugs spend the winter in a safe, warm spot until the spring. As the temperature warms, all the stink bugs move into the open to breed and eat their favorite plants.
Because of their unique body chemistry, stink bugs have few natural predators because they smell and taste so foul. They tend to gather together during the fall to find a place to spend the winter, like wall voids or in soffits.
Stink bugs aren’t poisonous, don’t bite, and won’t contaminate food. However, stink bug removal is important because they can stink pretty bad and leave a nasty stain if squished.
Some stink bugs are considered a nuisance pest if they invade your home. The brown marmorated stink bug is the main nuisance species and is invasive in Northern VA and throughout the U.S.
Curious pets may lap up a few stink bugs, especially if the bugs gather in a specific area. Some pets may have a negative reaction to stink bugs and could vomit.
Most stink bugs are herbivores. They eat leaves, flowers, and fruits. Pest species like the brown marmorated stink bug and harlequin bug can be quite devastating to crop fields. Omnivorous stink bugs include the spined soldier bug and the two-spotted stink bug; they’re beneficial to gardens by eating pest insects.
These little stinkers are aptly named. They produce a foul-smelling chemical from their abdomen to keep predators from coming too close. Some species can spray the chemical several inches!
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give us a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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