This is the time of year when you're going to start seeing these shield-shaped bugs crawling all over your exterior walls and clinging to your door screens. It happens every year when temperatures drop. Stink bugs, which normally live in crop fields, start looking for a warmer place to be. They begin by congregating on the sun-warmed sides of residential homes, but as temperatures drop further, they start looking for ways to get in. And, boy aren't they good at finding them! Next thing you know they're climbing on your television, crawling through your curtains, and buzzing around all your lights. If you've spent any time at all fixing screens or caulking holes in your exterior walls, you may be wondering: How are these stink bugs getting in? Here are three ways stink bugs will get into your home, even after you've sealed everything up.
Doors: Sadly, you may be letting stink bugs in through your doors. After you put all that time into sealing your exterior walls, you might be accidentally letting them in when you enter or exit your home. This is especially true if you have a sliding door that opens out into the back yard or onto a balcony. These doors get a lot of use and have the potential to give a stink bug entry every time they are used. If you have children, you're in even more trouble.
What is the solution? If you don't have kids, simply pay more attention when you enter or exit. If you have no control over who comes in or goes out, the only way to protect against this is to make sure you don't have any stink bugs out there waiting to come in. A treatment from a pest control company will do the trick.
Any holes: You may have used a caulking gun to fill all those rotted areas, but homes can have a ton of entry points. These bugs can get in through vents, exhausts, gaps around air conditioning units, gaps around fixtures and pipes, rotted holes under siding, and hard-to-see holes under decks.
What is the solution? Do a more thorough inspection of your exterior walls, install screening over any openings that could give bugs an entrance into your home, and use that caulking gun to seal around anything that has a gap.
Chimney: This is an entry point that many homeowners miss. Stink bugs don't generally go higher than the first story of a home, but they can. If they get in your chimney, they can fly down and wait on the damper till you open it up.
What is the solution? Some homeowners invest in a damper that sits on the top of their chimney, so that bugs can't climb down and wait to come in.
If you're fighting stink bugs in Tennessee, give us a call. At Russell's Pest Control, we have the most advanced pest solutions available, and our team is recognized by the national authority on pest management as a QualityPro pest control company. We have the solutions that will keep stink bugs out of your home.