Over the last year, I have had an overwhelming amount of people ask me how to kill stink bugs. Changing weather patterns along with other insect migration and unnatural insect migration elements have created a perfect storm that has led to a huge stink bug infestation in many states.
The good news is these stinky bastards aren’t all that difficult to get rid. Indeed, killing stink bugs is as easy as 1,2,3. I’ll lay some cool strategies that have worked for me and many others below. After reading this post you will know how to kill stink bugs in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland (and any other city for that matter). Oh yeah, I almost forget, you’ll also know how to kill green stink bugs!
How to Kill Stink Bugs in Maryland or Any Other State
OK, the first thing you need to do to know how to kill stink bugs is determine if the bugs you want to kill are actually stink bugs! This sounds obvious, and it is, but many people misidentify their target pest and then get frustrated when they have no success trying to kill it.
Stink bugs are semi-seasonal and have abundant activity in the spring through the fall. They mainly feed on plants, but some eat other insects. They can be almost any color under the rainbow, but all species are roughly the same size (1/4 inch or so) and their body is shaped similar to a triangle. They have long antennas as well.
When most people first begin learning how to kill stink bugs in Pennsylvania, or another state, they often look for the nest in the home. While stink bugs can at times nest in the home, they are often found hanging out in fields, or in leafy trees, grass, and haystacks, dead weeds, stones, or leaf stacks.
What Kills Stink Bugs
For those that want to learn how to kill stink bugs naturally, there aren’t many time-tested methods that people rave about. The best you can do is vacuum them up with a house vacuum cleaner and then empty them into the trash can. You really need to be careful with this method, though, because like their names suggests, they stink! Especially when killed.
When professionals learn how to kill a stink bug, they use professional grade pesticide products. If you are here to learn how to kill stink bugs and you don’t want to mess around, then definitely go with the Talstar Pro 3/4 gallon that can be found on amazon.com.
Follow the directions on the bottle for quantity usage. But you will mainly want to apply it around the outer fencing of your home and around any known stink bug hangouts (like grass, weed clippings, bark, stones, etc.). And then use very liberally in places where stink bugs congregate in the home (like attics and closets).
Knowing exactly how to kill stink bugs is more of an art than a science. You will probably have to reapply a few time to really get rid of them completely. And you will also notice more of them in your house once winter starts to roll in.
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