The stink bug season is back and these creepy-crawly insects are infesting homes and gardens all over the world. Fall is their migration season into houses where they seek warm and shelter, but the problem is that they appear in large colonies.
Stink bugs sneak into your home through cracks and holes and they hide in dark places. I found a few stink bugs behind the baseboards and near the windowsill and I got goosebumps. I started instantly to prepare a homemade “kill those stink bugs” solution to prevent an infestation. I know that stink bugs are harmless – don’t bite, sting or carry diseases – but if you accidentally squash the bug it stinks. Try vacuuming the bugs and the vacuum cleaner will stink too. No wonder they are called stink bugs.
Water and Detergent
Combine equal parts liquid detergent and water in a spray bottle and spray it over any stink bugs you encounter (or any spots where you suspect that they are hiding).
Another option: Add the detergent and water solution to a small, open container and, using a popsicle stick or a gloved hand, knock or drop the stink bugs into the liquid. The trick here is to work very quickly, fast enough not to give the bugs an opportunity to emit their signature stink.
Nicotine Stink Bug Repellent
- 20 cigarettes
- 1 gallon of water
- 2 tablespoons of dish detergent
Mix the tobacco of 20 cigarettes and let it macerate for overnight. In the morning, strain out the debris and add the dish detergent into the liquid. Add the solution in a spray bottle and spray it over the entry points and directly onto the stink bugs.