For an increasing number of homeowners across North America, brown marmorated stink bugs are another sign of the changing seasons.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says these smelly
pests are likely to be found congregating in attics and hanging on
curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the
"If you don’t want stink bugs in your house this winter, you need to
be proactive now and set up traps in your yard by Labor Day." says Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International Inc.
With no effective natural insect enemies in the U.S., stink bugs
continue to expand into new areas. They’ve now been discovered in 41
states, most recently in Arkansas.
The number of adult stink bugs increases during September and
October, which makes it critical to capture them now before they move
In the early fall as stink bugs prepare to hibernate, they are
eating all the fruits, seeds, leaves and even tree trunks they can
As food sources become scarce and daylight hours wane, the bugs
exhibit zombie-like behavior as they search for shelter to overwinter.
At that point, there isn’t much that will thwart their quest to get
Dr. Qing-He Zhang, lead scientist and director of research at Sterling, developers of RESCUE!® Stink Bug Traps says "Homes are prime targets for overwintering. If
you’ve seen one, you can be sure there are hundreds more waiting to come
inside. You need to stop them in their tracks and break the stink bug
life cycle before they come indoors to hibernate."
How can these pesky bugs be stopped in their tracks? Scientists recommend
the following tips for preventing and dealing with stink bugs in the
1. Trap them before they come indoors: To catch the stink bugs in
the early fall before they move inside, hang a trap – like the RESCUE!®Stink Bug Trap
– at eye level from a tree branch, stake or pole about 15-20 feet from
the house. It’s important to trap them before they transition from
feeding to hibernation mode – once that happens, they no longer respond
to the pheromone.
2. Seal off entry points: Inspect the exterior of your home for easy
access points. Pay close attention to areas around siding and window
air-conditioner utility pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the fascia
or other openings. Use silicone caulk to seal any cracks and holes.
3. Replace and repair: Check for damaged window or door screens and for torn weather-stripping and loose mortar.
4. Turn off lights: Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum. Turn off
porch lights and pull down window blinds to prevent light from spilling
5. Ventilate: Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl
spaces to eliminate harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in
6. Think before squishing: When disturbed or crushed, stink bugs
release a bad-smelling odor as a defense measure. Instead, pick them up
with a tissue and flush them down the toilet. Do not throw them back
outside. They will just turn around and come right back in.
For more stink bug information and prevention, visit RESCUE!
Established in 1982, Sterling International, Inc. offers RESCUE!®
traps and attractants for stink bugs, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets,
flies, Japanese and Oriental beetles and more. These products are
available at home improvement centers, hardware stores and lawn &
garden retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find the closest
retailer here. For more information and great tips, visit http://www.rescue.com. You can also follow RESCUE!® on Facebook and Twitter.