As temps fall, pests look to stay warm in your home

Preventing, getting rid of stink bugs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- As temperatures drop, critters are going to start creeping inside your home to stay warm. They include stink bugs.

The good news is if they do get inside your home, they don't bite people or pets or cause any structural damage.

The bad news is this time of year stink bugs are active and looking for warm places like your house.

Insect experts from Michigan State suggest you seal any cracks in the exterior of your home, including in and around windows.

If you still find the bugs inside, you can seal around outlets, ceiling fixtures, and heating ducts.

The easiest way to get rid of them? Using a vacuum cleaner, according to Rebecca Finneran of the MSU Extension.

"Just get a Shop Vac kind of thing and a long hose, and away you go. If you squish a stink bug, you're probably going to notice a really sickly sweet and kind of putrid odor -- that's why they're called stink bugs," Finneran said. "Even if you just capture them, you'll notice that smell -- they emit that smell; that's why I'm suggesting the vacuum cleaner to clean them up, as opposed to squishing them."

Some types of stink bugs are invasive species. You're asked to report any sightings to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

If you have any other questions, you can call the MSU Extension lawn and garden hotline at 1-888-MSUE-4MI (1-888-678-3464).


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