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Stink bugs

Stink bugs belong to the Pentatomidae family of insects and are also known as "stink bug" or "shield bugs" (because all adult stink bugs are shield-shaped). They derive their name from their tendency to eject an extremely foul and strong smelling fluid from their thorax when disturbed, handled, injured, squashed or threatened.

Even though they look menacing, stink bugs do not bite or sting people, and will not cause structural damage to properties. To homeowners, stink bugs are considered a major nuisance pest, as they enter homes in large numbers when the weather begins to cool, seeking heat and warmth to survive over winter.

Call Rentokil Steritech at 1-877-690-2115 for more information about stink bug control or to schedule a FREE pest inspection online.

How to get rid of stink bugs

Here at Rentokil Steritech, our technicians are experts at helping people get rid of stink bugs on their properties. Our certified and licensed technicians can offer practical advice and effective treatments.

Although there are many stink bug traps and insecticides available on the market, these over-the-counter products only capture the bugs and don’t help to prevent them from entering your home. We offer a stink bug solution that will create a barrier around your property. Your technician will also help you identify and address stink bug entry points.

The brown marmorated stink bug (BSMB), native to Asia, is now present in a number of provinces throughout Canada, including Ontario.

This invasive stink bug species is a serious agricultural pest, and due to their need to move indoors in winter, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are also becoming a major nuisance pest to homeowners and business owners.

Tips for getting rid of stink bugs

Your first priority should be to look for entry points into your home. Possible entrances include underneath siding, around door and window frames, utility pipes, chimneys.

You can help to prevent stink bug invasions by doing the following:

  • seal holes in exterior walls larger than the diameter of a pencil

  • seal gaps and cracks around door and window frames

  • install door sweeps

  • ensure doors and windows are tight-fitting

  • screen exterior attic openings / vents

  • seal entry points with caulk or good quality silicone sealant (including around chimneys)

If you do find stink bugs in your home, you can:

  • Remove both live and dead stink bugs with a vacuum cleaner - the vacuum may smell like stink bugs for a period of time. Always remember to empty your vacuum immediately after using on stink bugs.

  • Sweep the stink bugs up using a broom and dust pan and discard them in an outdoor trash receptacle.

  • Call Rentokil Steritech at 1-877-690-2115 for a FREE pest inspection.

Rentokil Steritech's stink bug treatment options

Our stink bug solutions include:

  • Fall Insecticide Treatment – Licensed technicians will treat the outside of your home or business, which will aim to reduce the stink bug population on your property. Two treatments are carried out in the fall and applied to external areas of your property, including behind shutters, along foundation, eaves, and exterior lighting.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – this method focuses on exclusion methods first. We will identify stink bug entry points around your home and work with you to address them.

  • Year Round Protection Plan - Regularly scheduled preventive services and inspections with reports a minimum of every four months.

Call Rentokil Steritech today at 1-877-690-2115 or contact us online to arrange an inspection of your home or business.

Rentokil Steritech’s stink bug control service

Whether you’re dealing with an ongoing infestation or interested in preventative services, we can provide you with expert stink bug control advice and solutions.

While stink bug traps and other products are available for purchase, a professional pest control service is the best method to both prevent and manage stink bug infestations. Our preventative solution creates a treatment zone around your property to keep stink bugs where they belong – outside.

Call us at 1-877-690-2115 or contact us online to see how our exterior and interior services can benefit your home or business.

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