On October 28, 2011 I attended a conference for pest control professionals where the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) was the main topic of discussion. Some highlights from the conference. The University of Maryland says that exclusion is the best way to control stink bugs. In other words, they suggest that homeowners simply seal their house. Many of our customers report having tried everything to seal their homes, but their homes were still infested with stink bugs. Sealing your house can only get you so far. One of my customers told me that he heard a BMSB can shrink down to the size of two pieces of paper stacked on top of each other. The BMSB can enter your home from various places, including vents, chimneys, windows, under the siding, the eaves, doors, etc. Of course, sealing the house only gets you so far. I have met several people who stopped using doors to their homes because they knew that if they opened that door, stink bugs would come in in droves. What good does it do to seal a house, if they swarm into your home when you open a door to go in or out?
The University of Maryland extension recommended that homeowners simply use a vacuum on any stink bugs that enter their home. If you choose to do this, you run the risk of ruining the vacuum for any other purpose because the vacuum will smell horrible and, if you have a large infestation, you will spend hours a day vacuuming. Many of my customers have reported that before they called Mosquito Squad of Frederick they would spend hours a day vacuuming up stink bugs during peak periods.
Our experience confirms that it is best to keep them out. We find that our comprehensive treatment has helped hundreds of happy customers live without stink bugs invading their homes. To see one customer’s video testimonial click here. To see another, click here.