These little annoying bugs are not easy to chase out, but it’s not that hard to find good and working ways to do eliminate stink bug infestation.
The methods for eliminating stink bugs do work, to some extent, but you have to invest your time and persistence in order to be successful.
Two Methods For Fighting A Garden Infestation:
The first thing you would consider as a garden or farm owner is the use of chemicals also known as insecticides. There is a huge number of such chemicals currently on the market, but you needed to be careful in your selection.
If you are consuming the “riches of the land” by yourself and your family, you definitely don’t want to put anything, that might have a negative impact on your health.
The Shield Bugs will release their odor any time they land, which ensures an area of protection around them. The smell, however, is attracting other insects to go on the same places and that makes the problem even worse.
Bear in mind that the usual recommendation is to use the chemicals concentrated. This may cause allergies or poisoning to the people consuming fruits or vegetables treated with them.
Always wash your garden products very well after insecticide treatment and consult specialists to determine what may be the impact on your health.
Another way that is worth mentioning is the use of natural predators as pest control. Here are a few of the stink bug’s common “enemies”:
The Predatory Stink Bug is one of the few species using other Stink Bugs as food. They are using their mouthparts to suck fluids out of their victims.
They are also considered beneficial in infestation fighting and are a good replacement for the chemical treatments.
Another interesting predator is a tiny Asian wasp. They seem to be extremely effective as they lay their eggs in the Shield Bugs. The larvae are literally eating their way out through the adult “skunk” bug.
The researches show that the Asian wasps can destroy up to 80% of the pest population which is good news.
The European Starling is a bird that seems not to care about the horrid “scent” of the smelly insects.
Even though this bird may clean up your garden of the pest bear in mind that the Starling is also an agricultural headache. So be careful as by solving one problem you may jump straight into another one.
Four Methods For Fighting A House Infestation
Before applying any method, first, make sure you find where the source of infestation is within your house. This is essential in getting rid of the bugs permanently:
Vacuum cleaning is one of the most recommended and non-toxic ways to clean up insect masses in your house. Make sure you clean up every single place where they dwell – clean up all the eggs, nymphs and adults.
Use a bleach solution to kill them. Mix up bleach with water, put the solution in a plastic bottle with a spray and spray them with it. This will work but it has a negative effect in case you have pets and children who may swallow something, which was sprinkled with the chemical.
Use soapy water. Just mix up dishwashing soap with water and repeat the procedure as in the 2nd method.
You may still use the insecticides used in the farms and sold on the internet or in your local gardening store. Be careful though as similar to the bleach this way may bring undesired consequences for your family and pets.
No matter which of the methods you will use always know that persistence is what you need in order to have complete success.