MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Stink bugs will try to move into your home this season and experts say once they're inside, they're very hard to get rid of and can leave behind quite a stench. Prevention is the key to keeping the smelly bugs outside, and it starts with treating the exterior of your home.
“You need to make sure the seals in the windows are good," says Terminix branch manager, Kenny Diotte. "The seals wear down over time, and they make an easy point of entry for the bugs.”
Also keep an eye on outdoor faucets, entryways and air conditioning lines that may provide an opening for the bugs to enter your home. Even though stink bugs aren't dangerous and don't bite, they can be quite a nuisance. They're also attracted to bright lights outdoors.
If you do find a stink bug inside your home, homeowners can try to vacuum them up and quickly dispose of the vacuum bag before an odor is released. Experts warn you not to step on stink bugs because they'll release a terrible smell.
When temperatures turn much colder, stink bugs will typically stay warm by the sun on the southwest part of your house. If there are a large number of stink bugs on the exterior, experts say that could be a clue of an infestation.
Stink bugs do not have a natural predator, so their population is expected to increase. There are more than 200 species of the stink bug, and they have been found in more than 32 states.