These brown "stinkbugs" keep getting into the house. Any suggestions?

Asked September 25, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

These brown "stinkbugs" keep getting into the house. Any suggestions?

Campbell County Kentucky

3 Responses

Stink bugs and other insects may enter the home as weather cools down in search of shelter for winter. Stink bugs do not lay eggs in your home, or damage your home in most cases. They can be a nuisance to homeowners who find them in corners or flying on warm days, and because they have an unpleasant odor.
The simplest solution is to vacuum them as you find them. Make sure your vacuum has a bypass system- meaning the flow of dirt and air that the vacuum pulls in does not pass through an impeller that could crush the insects, emitting their unpleasant odor. If you are unsure, a shop-vac is usually a good bet. Bags or containers should be emptied immediately as vacuuming alone will not kill them. Seal the trash bag and take it outside to ensure they don't sneak out back into the house.

You can also inspect the house for points of entry that these insects could fit through. Check screens for holes. Seal cracks and openings around doors or windows. This can also help with drafts and places for heat to escape the home through winter.

For more information, you can see these links:

Without a photo, I cannot know which species is the culprit here, and a few do enter homes. But one that invades homes is a newer invasive (non-native) species that Kentucky is monitoring for- The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. If you suspect you have THIS insect (see link) you should report it or take a sample into your county extension office. See this website for the University of Kentucky's monitoring program

Thank you for your help Ashley!

You're Welcome. Glad to help!