Greensboro, NC -- Is that time of year again. The stink bugs are back.
WFMY News 2 talked to Frank Fowler with McNeely Pest Control.
"The bugs that you're seeing in the house this time of the year are actually insects that entered the house last fall."
"They pick the warm side of houses or the warm side of a building, and they tuck up under siding or insulation and spend the winter inside of your house. This time of the year they're waking up and trying to find a way out," said Frank Fowler, McNeely Pest Control VP & Biologist.
Fowler said, "They're turning out to be a pretty significant agricultural pest, a lot of your apple farmers, peach farmers, even tomato farmers are having problems because they do suck plant juices."
"For a homeowner, they're not really, other than being a nuisance by their presence. They don't bite, they don't sting, they're not poisonous, but they can congregate in large numbers in houses and can cause some pretty significant problems," said Fowler.
When it comes to preventive care, that's usually best to be done in the fall.
So how can you get rid of these pests, or at least keep them from getting inside your home.
- You need to make sure you've blocked all points of entry -- and your windows are caulked
- Make sure to rake away all debris and edible vegetation from your house's foundation
- You can also apply an insecticide outside your home, as a perimeter treatment
- You can trying rubbing your window screens with dryer sheets -- The more pungent the better
- You can also hang a damp towel over a lawn chair or deck railing overnight -- The stink bugs should blanket the towel by morning
- You can vacuum them, but make sure you empty the bag afterward
- It's not recommended to vacuum stink bugs into a bagless vacuum