Stink bugs could make their winter home in your house | News
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- Don't be surprised if you start noticing more stink bugs. The six legged, smelly insects are on the move right now because the weather is changing.
"It's time for them to get ready to find a warm place to overwinter," Sallie Lee, an Urban Regional Extension Agent, said.
Lee says that warm place they're looking for could be where they're not welcome: your home.
"If they can't find a warm crack, somewhere in a rock, someplace like that, if they see an open window or door they will sense that warmth and they'll go inside," Lee said.
If you catch one in your house don't stomp on it and squish it, because that's when you'll find out exactly why they're called stink bugs.
"Just a pungent unpleasant odor, musty and strong," Jerry Stewart said.
Stewart is familiar with the odor. He lives in Springville and says he's come across a stink bug or two.
"We've seen them outside in the field or working in the garden. They definitely would be a nuisance if they got in the house a lot," Stewart said.
Lee says the bugs are attracted to light colored surfaces, which is why you'll see them hanging out around window seals and doors.
Here are some ways to try to keep them out of your home:
-Seal cracks around windows, doors and electrical outlets.
-Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed.
-Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, stink bugs are less attracted to them.
-Use a vacuum to get rid of them indoors, empty the contents into a plastic bag and dispose of them immediately.
-If all else fails call pest control.
Lee says if you find one in your house, catch it and put it in soapy water, which will kill them. She adds that they don't bite humans but they do snack on plants.
But FOX6 News came across a blog online where someone says they were bitten by a stink bug. The best advice is to try to avoid them all together.
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