Now that Summer is well and truly over, and the cooler weather is here, we have said goodbye to our Summertime arch-nemesis pests and prepared for a new group of unwelcomed invaders. When the weather cools off, various pests and rodents start trying to make their way indoors where it is nice and warm. Their main prerogative is food, water and shelter making our homes the perfect stomping grounds for them to survive the Winter. You can deter these unwelcome house guests from entering your residence by working in collaboration with your preferred pest control company. You can seal off any points of entry they may use to gain access to your dwelling. In 2010, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) made its way onto the scene in Kentucky and can now be found in multiple counties in our State. The BMSB becomes a real pest in the Autumn and we see an influx in calls for assistance in removing them from homes. Following are some tips to help you identify the BMSB.
What Do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Look Like?
All stink bugs have a distinctive “shield” shaped body, but the BMSB is the biggest stink bug found in Kentucky today. They measure about ½ – 5/8 inch in adulthood and sport a brownish gray coloring that appears marble like. They have two white bands through their dark antennae, with alternating dark and light banding on their abdomen behind their wings. Their underbellies are a lighter whitish color and may have some dark markings. They have 2 sets of wings that lay flat over their back. They have short, blunt heads.
When BMSB congregate, they do so in great numbers. Where you find one, there will be hundreds to thousands more lurking nearby. They have an affinity for more than 100 plants including grains, vegetables, fruit crops and ornamental plants. Not only can they devastate crops in a short amount of time, they are a true nuisance for homeowners as well!
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There are various methods we use to control over-wintering pests alike. Each home is unique, and some will need more tactics than others. If you are having issues with pests entering your home this Autumn, you will first need to identify how they are making their way into your home. All entry points will need to be sealed, windows and doors should not be left open without screens and they should be sealed properly as well. If you can see sunlight through the cracks of your door, pests can come right in. Because BMSB invade in such large numbers, we do not recommend getting yourself into a smelly situation and attempting to deal with the issue on your own, professional pest control is going to be the most effective method in removing these problem pests from your home. Give All-Rite Pest Control a call to schedule your home’s next pest control treatment, or if you have further questions about the BMSB.