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What Do I Do About Stink Bugs Around My Kennebunk Home?

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As fall approaches, many of us are looking forward to cooler weather, changing leaves, and relaxing nights by a fire. Unfortunately, this change of season also marks the time certain pests start invading homes, and stink bugs are one of the most common culprits. If you see large numbers of these pests around your house, don't worry, we are here to help. 

We'll start by answering common questions, like why stink bugs smell so bad and whether they are dangerous. We'll also explain why you suddenly see them all around your home. Learn more about effective stink bug pest control in Kennebunk with Big Blue Bug Solutions.

Why Do Stink Bugs Smell?

The most common of these pests in our area is the brown marmorated stink bug. If you aren't sure how to identify a stink bug in Kennebunk, they have a shield shape to their bodies, are mottled grayish brown, and, as you have likely guessed, they release a terrible smell when they sense a threat.

Stink bugs don't bite or sting, so their only defense is their foul odor. When a predator approaches to eat them, they become significantly less appealing as a meal when they release this scent. If stink bugs are stinking up your house, or hanging around outside, contact us today at Big Blue Bug Solutions for help getting rid of them.

Are Stink Bugs Dangerous?

Thankfully, stink bugs are primarily nuisance pests, although their smelly odor can be particularly offensive when there are a lot of them around. They don't bite, damage property or reproduce inside the home. The only stink bug damage you might see is in the garden, where they feed on seedlings, stunting their growth, and they sometimes cause fruit to be deformed or fail to grow.

While it's nice that they don't pose a risk to your family or home, they are an unwelcome pest to have around your property or inside the house. Contact us today at Big Blue Bug Solutions to learn how we can help you manage these pests and keep them out of the house.

Why Are There Stink Bugs Around My Home?

Stink bug invasions are never a welcome sight on your property. As we approach autumn, the warm shelter of your home attracts them as they search for a place to spend the winter. Here are some of the most likely conditions that allow stink bugs a way into your home:

  • Cracks and crevices in the foundation
  • Missing weatherstripping around doors and windows
  • Gaps around utility or plumbing pipes
  • Damaged screens on windows or doors
  • Improperly sealed doors and windows

Infestations are easy to confirm because you'll see piles of these bugs (dead and alive) in rooms that get a lot of sun. If stink bugs have found their way into your home, getting them out can be challenging. Contact us at Big Blue Bug Solutions for assistance removing these smelly pests and preventing another infestation.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs?

Eliminating these pests on your own can be difficult, especially when they sense a threat and release their odor. Not only is it an offensive smell, but the scent also attracts other stink bugs, compounding the problem. 

Working with a home pest control company in Kennebunk, like the pros at Big Blue Bug Solutions, is the simplest and most effective way to eliminate these insects. Contact us today to learn more about our stink bug control solutions or to request your free inspection and get rid of these smelly pests for good.