When I removed the window AC before winter arrived, I found about 20 stink bugs were hiding in the fold of my window curtains in my bedroom. They don’t really do much and don’t carry diseases, but do have an odor, which can increase if scared or harmed, so I collected them and left the jar outside to let them live. Over the last few months I’ve noticed them around the house, in my office, and in local stores this year more than previous years. They aren’t that small, compared to say an ant, so it’s curious how they seem to make their way into so many buildings throughout Connecticut. It seems as though this year they have higher numbers than of years past, so it has become more of a nuisance.
Stink bugs have only been in the Connecticut are for a couple decades, which is still fairly new in the insect world. They are surprisingly resilient to pesticides, but because they are not harmful, we don’t suggest using pesticides to kill them unless it is a true infestation. In most cases they are fairly inactive and easing them into a container to bring them outside is a simple solution; many people choose to use a vacuum, though they can potentially escape a vacuum and you may notice their odor lingers.
Our inspections and treatments can help to prevent stink bugs (and other bugs) from getting into your home or business. We look for gaps, poor seals, holes in screens, and other ways pest may be entering.
Want to know more about stink bugs? Check out https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/stink-bugs/