How to Get Rid of Stinkbugs
Typically, when weather starts to cool down, you don't see as many bugs around. However, for stink bugs - AKA Halyomorpha halys - it's prime time for appearances. I've researched some ways to get rid of pesky stinkbugs in a jiffy.
I've noticed several stinkbugs in and around my house. It's like everywhere I turn, I see another. A couple days ago, I noticed a few of them having a small party in my outdoor trash can. Yuck. Not only are they bothersome, but they smell awful if you decide to squish them (hence the name stinkbug). So, there really isn't an elegant way to get rid of them.
Stinkbugs have been in the U.S. since the 90s and don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. While some bug sprays might get rid of some pests, the price tag is what really stings. I have a bottle for just about every type of bug out there, but I've found home remedies seem to work best. So, to find out how to get rid of stinkbugs, I did a little investigating. Turns out, there's several ways to get the critters out of your house.
First, and most self-explanatory, check your doors and window sills for holes and cracks. Caulk holes accordingly to prevent entry.
Another method I read about involved dish soap, a metal pan, and a light. Basically, mix up some soap and water in a metal pan and shine the light on it. This should be done in a dark room. The light reflecting off the pan will draw the bugs in and the soap will poison the bugs...if you're into that kind of stuff.
Or, you can try rubbing dryer sheets on your window screens. This have proven successful for many people, according to my research. Keep in mind this is just a repellent - it won't get rid of them completely.
Lastly, a friend of mine said she uses a garlic and water mixture. She sprays it around her window sills and door frames to repel stinkbugs. This might be a temporarily stinkier way to get rid of them, but it works nonetheless.
If you're like me, you're desperate. So, try one of these suggestions. I might just try all of the above in one day...just to better my chances of getting these nasty things out of my house!