If you live in or around the St. Louis Metro area, you have likely come across stink bugs. If you’re unfamiliar with them, you may wonder if they’re dangerous to humans or pets.
Do you have tiny shield-shaped bugs crawling up your walls and curtains, clinging to your screen door, perching on your light fixtures, or flying at you when you walk into your kitchen? These insects are stink bugs. Your home is not the right environment for them to thrive, but that doesn’t keep them from moving in when temperatures begin to drop.
If your home is full of stink bugs, Titan Pest & Wildlife can help! We can eliminate active stink bugs in your home and help prevent future infestations.
Why Do You Have Stink Bugs in Your Home?
Stink bugs don’t like cold weather, so as winter approaches, they will hide in the bark of trees. They can also be found on the sun-warmed side of trees because they love the warmth. However, a problem occurs when they climb onto your house and hide under your siding. They search for entry points into your home, which is when you’ll begin noticing them. They’ll squeeze through any little gaps and cracks they can find.
Are Stink Bugs Dangerous to Humans?
Stink bugs are not dangerous to people. Many people mistakenly think they are toxic because they stink. They get their name because they have a nasty chemical smell to them, especially when squished. They rarely bite, and even if they do, they don’t carry any known pathogens or harmful bacteria.
Can Stink Bugs Harm Your Pets?
Cats and dogs love to chase and sometimes eat bugs. You may worry about your pet chomping down on stink bugs. The simple answer is no; stink won’t harm your pets. Because of the smelly liquid in their thorax, an animal can have a reaction, such as vomiting or excessive drooling. After one encounter, your pet will likely learn to stay away from them.
Are Stink Bugs Harmful to Your Belongings?
They can stain your couch, curtains, fabrics, and carpets. It’s possible to clean stink bug stains, but it isn’t very pleasant. The best way is to vacuum them up.
What If You Have an Infestation?
If you have a stink bug infestation, don’t go around squishing them. You’ll have a smelly mess in your house. The best thing you can do is prevent stink bugs from entering your home in the first place. This is true for all pests. But once they find their way inside, it’s time to get them out.
While DIY methods may work if you have a few stink bugs, managing an infestation into the thousands needs the help of a professional. A licensed, certified exterminator can end your infestation while also providing advice on how to prevent this problem in the future.
Stink Bug Exterminators in St. Louis
At Titan Pest & Wildlife, we can protect your home all year long from stink bugs and other invading insects and rodents. Many of the treatments we use to repel insects from entering your home in the first place.
We make it our business to protect your home. Our residential pest control solutions provide a thorough pest management process designed to eliminate the bug problems you have now and, more importantly, prevent future infestations.