The Stink Bug

Your Chicagoland Guide on Stink Bugs

The Breakdown

COLOR

SIZE

LEGS

DANGER/DESTRUCTION RATING

Brown

17 mm

Six

Moderate

The Stink Bug

There are many different types of stink bugs in the United States but most are shaped like a shield. They are brown in color, larger in size compared to other bugs, and measure about 17 mm in length. As their name states, they are called stink bugs mainly for their ability to produce a foul odor. This smell is emitted when they feel as though there is a threat to themselves or their colony. Some species of stink bugs can even spray these chemicals several inches so you want to be sure not to get too near. Most stink bugs are herbivorous, while others are predaceous. They will most often be seen during the fall or spring months and gather around windows or walls for warmth. Once they get into your home, it could be extremely hard to get rid of them.

Signs of an Infestation

A stink bug infestation will be pretty obvious, especially if they have made their way inside of your home. Infestations usually occur during the fall months and will come out in large quantities. During this time, you will most often see them outside of homes where the sun is hitting. They hang out in areas such as these, to warm themselves up. Other signs of infestations that many farmers come across, is damage done to their crops. These bugs feed on plant fluids which kills or produce stunted plants. If you have an infestation during the winter, chances are that these bugs have entered your home. You probably won’t be able to notice them until the warmer months when they start gathering on your windows and walls.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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