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Stink Bugs In Nashville, TN

Not only are stink bugs a household pest, but they are also an invasive species. They do not have any natural predators in North America, which means their populations can grow unregulated, putting a strain on local ecosystems and agriculture.

What are stink bugs?

There are different kinds of stink bugs; however, when you hear "stink bug," the species most often referred to is the brown marmorated stink bug. This species is also the most common in the United States.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are insects with triangular or shield-shaped bodies. They are about ¾ of an inch long with mottled grayish-brown coloring. Like other insects, stink bugs have six legs, antennae, and wings. And adult stink bugs are strong fliers.

Are stink bugs dangerous?

By their name and reputation, you probably already know how unpleasant stink bugs can be to deal with. These common Nashville pests produces a foul smell when threatened or crushed, but it is not dangerous to people. They also do not spread diseases or cause damage when they are inside. But if you are a gardener, you will want to be wary as stink bugs are crop-damaging pests.

Why do I have a stink bug problem?

While you may have an occasional stink bug wander in from time to time, this pest does not infest year-round. Instead, they look for a place to overwinter as temperatures start to drop. But it's not like stink bugs can open the door for themselves, so there are likely entryways you are unaware of, allowing this pest and others inside.

Luckily, they lay their eggs in the spring, which means they are back outside and not reproducing in your home.

Where will I find stink bugs?

Natural areas where you'll usually find stink bugs include gardens, landscaping, leaf litter, under stones, and other vegetation. However, as mentioned above, stink bugs will find a place to overwinter inside residential properties where the temperature is warm. They can be found in lightly trafficked areas like attics and basements when this happens. They are also attracted to light, so you may see some in your living room or other well-lit areas.

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

If you have a stink bug problem, don't crush them! Doing so will cause them to release an unpleasant odor, which will also attract more. Instead, contact Cima Solutions for assistance. Our residential pest control services are customized to meet our customer's individual needs. These services help remove active infestations and help eliminate conducive conditions, so pests don't return.

Our products are pet and kid-friendly, so you don't have to worry about your family when we are treating your home. Find out more about our residential pest control offerings and what we can do for stink bugs by reaching out to our service professionals at Cima Solutions.

How can I prevent stink bugs in the future?

The best way to ensure you don't have a stink bug problem in your home is with preventative measures centered on eliminating potential entry points. Here are six ways you can keep stink bugs out:

  1. Replace damaged screens.
  2. Install weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  3. Seal cracks in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.
  4. Place covers on vents.
  5. Fill holes around wires, pipes, and door and window frames.
  6. Check potted plants and other items for pests before bringing them inside.

Keep stink bugs and other pests out of your Nashville home by calling us at Cima Solutions!