Ah, autumn. I am so happy to see the return of cooler temperatures, and I’m thrilled that tonight’s 47 degree low temp will likely put all the mosquitoes into blessed hibernation, but can we discuss stinkbugs? Every fall, they start popping up around the house. Although these bugs mostly keep to themselves, they can damage houseplants, and they look gross. So, let’s figure out a way to get rid of them, shall we?
An Ounce of Prevention
The first step to deal with stinkbugs is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Usually, these pests are searching for shelter from the cooler weather, so they enter your home through cracks around doors and windows. Now is the best time to seal up your home to keep them out. Pay special attention to your attic and basement. Check out this infographic from Orkin that shows some common places for pests to enter.
The Hard Way
It seems that most Internet solutions recommend catching each stinkbug by hand and drowning them in soapy water. While this would work fine if you just had one or two in your home, most people I know have more than than. Plus, nobody wants to touch a stinkbug. If you decide to just vacuum them up, you risk stinking up the inside of your vacuum cleaner. How pleasant. No, there has to be a better way.
The Easy Way
Stinkbug traps are much less time consuming. Just set them, and empty them out every once in a while! Unfortunately, they can be pricey, with some models going for upwards of $50! The general concept is the same for most of these traps, though. Most use light to attract stink bugs, and then trap them by either a funnel or soapy water.
If you’re willing to do a little DIY project, you can catch hundreds of stinkbugs overnight, and be completely bug free in just a couple of days! All you need is a two liter bottle, scissors, tape, and a battery operated LED light. This creates a trap that uses light as the bait. Once your trap is full, you can toss it in the trash, along with all your yucky stinkbugs that you never had to touch! Hooray! Here’s a video outlining the method of building a trap. Happy hunting!