Stink Bugs on Long Island
Update in 2016. There is effective pest control. See more on our stink bug webpage. In 2013, there was no effective pest control for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Research is underway by many scientists but no proven methods are available. Look on the bright side, these bugs do not bite and do not cause structural damage.
Partial Solutions – No Guarantees for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
- Yes, light traps capture some stink bugs.
- Yes, pesticides can kill some stink bugs.
- Yes, sealing your home will keep out some stink bugs. For a healthy home, you need vents in your attic. These vents also provide stink bugs with access to your home. Other areas should be sealed like holes in your screens or gaps around an air conditioning unit.
When you find Brown Marmolated Stink Bugs inside, the best thing to do is to vacuum them or remove them without crushing them. These buggers give off an unpleasant pungent smell if crushed. Stink bugs have entered your home in the late fall and look to get outside in the spring. For more information, J. Gangloff-Kaufmann, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University wrote an excellent Brown Marmorated Stink Bug factsheet.
When better control methods are available, Suburban Exterminating will be the first to let you know about any new technology developed.
For pest control on Long Island, NY, call Suburban Exterminating (631) 864-6900 or (516) 865-6900