Stink bugs have been on a mission to get into my house this week. Every time I turn around I find another one.
At first we were being nice.
My husband was legitamitely picking them up and throwing them outside.
But now I have lost my patience and my husband realized they are called stink bugs for a reason. NOT something you want to touch with your hands.
What To Do About Those Nasty Stink Bugs
If you don’t know what stink bugs are or aren’t sure if that’s the critter that’s pestering you, here is what they look like.
They are an insect smaller than a penny (but larger than a fly), are brown in color, and have only been around in the US since 1998. The little boogers found their way over here from somewhere in Asia.
They don’t bite and all they want to do is get warm and eat your fruits and veggies.
So how do I get them out of my house?
1. First of all, try to keep them from getting in. I know, I know, it seems impossible. Trust me, they keep finding new ways.
But they are coming somewhere, so walk around to your windows, doors, siding, pipes, etc. and seal any cracks with caulk. (This is good for your electric bill, too)
2. Make this DIY bug killing spray with alcohol and dish detergent.
3. Kill a few of them outside. They will smell and warn others to stay away.
Once they are inside…
They aren’t quite as simple to kill as say, a fly, because when you kill them they let out a nasty odor.
Make a trap. Fill a large aluminum pan with soapy dish soap water and put a lamp shining on it. Bugs on in and don’t come out! Plus they won’t stink up the place. Read about it here.
I think I have *almost* got rid of all the stink bugs. And if I haven’t, what is left will be taken care of by winter. Have you had stink bugs this year?
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.