Fall Invaders Are Coming: Stink bugs

When you live in East Tennessee these little scaly pests, the Stink bug, is no stranger and with fall quickly approaching us it is time to see these fall invaders in full force.

The stink bug is an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops including peaches, apples, green beans, soybeans, cherries, raspberries, and pears.

This fall invader survives the winter as an adult by entering houses and structures when autumn evenings become colder, often in the thousands. They will enter under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, chimneys, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through. Once inside the house, they will go into a state of hibernation. They wait for winter to pass, but often the warmth inside the house causes them to become active, and they may fly clumsily around light fixtures. And they are called stink bugs for a reason! Their odor has been characterized as a “pungent odor that smells like coriander.” The stink bug’s ability to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. However, simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger it to release the odor.

So don’t let these stinker invade your home. Call Preferred Pest Termite and Turf today to stop these guys from getting in your home. Preferred Pest is offering a great Fall Invaders Power Spray this month if you call 865-313-9337 today to schedule. This power spray will also combat against ladybugs and kudzoo bugs and boxelder bugs.

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