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What Attracts Stink Bugs to New England Homes?

The brown marmorated stink bug is an agricultural pest. So it stands to reason that, if you have food in your yard that these insects eat, you're going to have more trouble with these bugs. Some foods they find highly attractive are corn, grains, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, berries, sunflowers, and beans. But you don't have to have any of these fruits or vegetables in your yard to attract stink bugs. These insects can feed on ornamental plants, grasses, and weeds. They may also come into your yard for no other reason than to get warmth from the side of your home. When they do, this can allow them to accidentally get inside. Since stink bugs can eat such a wide variety of foods, it isn't practical to remove attractants to make your home less of a target. The solution is to seal as many entry points as you possibly can and bolster your defenses with residential pest control.

How to Seal Things Up

Stink bugs aren't the only pests that can get into your home. Therefore, taking the time to seal entry points can have a much broader impact than just keeping stink bugs out. 

Here are some of the most common entry points pests use:

  • Window and door seals. When a home is first built, windows and doors don't usually have a seal around them. But, over time, as gaps develop, caulking may be used to seal around a window or door frame. If this seal is damaged or chewed on by a pest, it can create an entry point for stink bugs.
  • Weatherstripping. Exterior doors have rubber weatherstripping all the way around. This keeps the heat in during the winter. It also works to keep the bugs out. Check your weatherstripping to make sure you don't have any gaps. It doesn't take much of a gap for a stink bug to get in; so look closely. One helpful technique is to turn all the lights off on the inside and examine the door on a bright sunny day. Those gaps should show right up.
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