‘Lawn & Garden’ Archive
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Spring brings blue skies, warm temperatures, pretty flowers and picnics. Unfortunately, it also brings out the stink bugs. They are doubly annoying pests, because they get into everything, and when stomped on or swatted, fill the air with stench. They cover walls, windows and get into food, creating a health hazard.
There are many stink bug traps
on the market. Some claim to be non- toxic, others state they are eco- friendly. Exterminators use chemicals that can cause reactions in people and pets.
One trap has a sticky surface wrapped around a post- like fixture. Light from the inside attracts the bugs, who become trapped in the glue. Removing the bug- filled wrap will require wearing gloves. There are sticky sheets that attach to window panes for trapping the bugs. These, too must be removed by the user wearing gloves.
The drawback to these traps is that while they are working, more and more bugs become trapped, may release their stink and look terrible to guests.
One can try homemade traps, but the success may vary from zero to few bugs. Companies selling stink bug traps have researched the different species, where and how they live, what they eat and how to attract them. They test traps day and night to provide products that work.
There are stink bug traps that work indoors or outdoors by using pheromones to attract them. These reusable traps work, because the attractant is not a one- time purchase. The bugs dehydrate to death in the trap, which can be emptied, “re- baited” with more attractant and set up again. No gloves (unless the user wants to wear them) and no sticky mess bumping into anything is part of the benefits of these traps.
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Stink Bugs Make Their Presence Known
As if there isn’t enough air pollution these days, stink bugs add to it. These insects are more annoying for their odor than their appearance. They move slowly enough to be stepped on in darkened areas. The first hint of this situation will be a noxious odor that permeates the air and can remain for up to a half hour or more. It’s amazing that a bug less than one inch in size can produce such a foul odor. Hence, their name, “stink bug”. In their natural ecological environment, their rank odor is a protection from predators. In a home or place of business, they are a major irritant. In recent years, homes and buildings have become a safe haven for stink bugs where the safety feature encourages prodigious infestations. Once a stink bug finds entry, their population grows.
Getting Rid Of Stink Bugs With The Least Inconvenience
Once stink bug infestation has begun, the best way to remove them is call in professional exterminators who will provide an effective plan of removal with the least inconvenience. These professionals are experts in removal but also in insuring no re-infestation occurs. There’s another reason to consider licensed, professional exterminators to install a stink bug trap
. They can locate the source of entry and offer advice on how they use a stink bug trap to quickly rid the area of these insects.
A Professional Stink Bug Trap
Look for exterminators with experience with infestation that requires a professional stink bug trap. The design of a stink bug trap is engineered to insure safe, effective removal. In addition to setting up a stink bug trap in the designated areas, the professional exterminators remove traps and bring relief to a odoriferous situation. Their techniques are clean, fast and accurate.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
People in the country of Laos consider stink bugs to be delicious because of their strong odor. But if you are dealing with stink bugs in your garden, yard, or house, you are probably ready to ship them all to Laos, if you could only catch the pesky things! They don’t often interact with humans, but when they do, they are bothersome, to say the least. The young stink bugs can feed on plants, including apples and other tree fruits, and can cause quite a bit of damage. Of course, there are steps you can take to prevent the pests from entering your house, such as making sure cracks are sealed and screens are kept in good repair. If the problem is extensive, you may want to contact a professional pest control company for help. Smashing the bugs isn’t an option, because then you have the mess and the rancid smell to contend with. So, the best way to take care of the problem is to put out some stink bug traps.
Stink bug traps that are sold commercially are a practical solution. The companies who manufacture them have researched the different species of stink bugs to learn what attracts them, so that they can make the most effectual trap. The stink bug traps are readily available and vary somewhat. Some attract only adult bugs, while others attract the young as well. Some use a pheromone attractant that is non-toxic and odorless to humans: others use light to attract the bugs and are pesticide-free. Some are reusable, while others are made for one-time use. There are stink bug traps intended for outdoor use, and some that are specially made for use indoors. Whatever the nature of your stink bug problem, there is no shortage of solutions from which to choose.
Monday, February 13th, 2012
With waves of warm weather striking earlier in the year than usual, the stink bug infestation is expected to be especially troublesome. This has more people than ever concerned with finding a stink bug trap that actually works. Those who have experienced the critters know they are more than a mere annoyance. Stink bugs can destroy a garden or expensive landscaping job, invade the home, and bite pets and children.
Instead of reading the numerous reviews available of every type of stink bug trap
on the market, consider these trapping tactics common to all of them. The best choice of trap will be one that utilizes more than one tactic to control stink bug populations.
Stink bugs regularly enter the home when doors are opened at night, because they are attracted to light. Many types of trap use this as a basis for luring bugs to their grave. An outdoor light trap may not be effective due to the presence of other light sources. An indoor light trap can be useful for stopping a home infestation, but it will require complete dark for maximum effectiveness.
Stink bugs find each other for mating by following a special pheromone. Researchers commonly employ this pheromone to make stink bug traps. A stink bug trap based solely off scent will have varying degrees of effect, largely dependent on the weather. Stink bugs mate at night in warm temperatures. If the temperatures fall to below 60 Fahrenheit at night, or it rains, these likely will not work.
The color yellow attracts many insects, including stink bugs. However, it is a weaker attraction than the others listed. Sticky traps are unlikely to capture more than a few stink bugs. Combining two or more attractants will result in a more effective stink bug trap.
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Stink bugs originally got their name from the rotting smell they give off when threatened or crushed. Since nobody wants their home to smell like rotting food, it’s very important to have a stink bug control plan in place if you begin noticing them around your home.
It’s common to see stink bugs outside in the spring or summer, especially if you garden. These odds increased even more if you live in a warm climate as these are where the bugs thrive, making stink bug control even more important. Those who garden will want to check the underside of leaves for eggs that the female stink bug lays. If any are found, it’s highly recommended that you spray with insecticides that are specifically made to destroy the eggs, such as Endosulfan, Carbaryl, or Permethrin. If you prefer to go a more organic route, soapy water sprayed onto the leaves has also been shown to be affective.
It’s also important to note that you should never crush stink bug eggs. Just like the bug itself, these eggs will emit a foul smelling oder which attracts other insects, some of which can be even more damaging to the gardener.
The best plan for stink bug control inside your home is prevention. Stink bugs live for many years, so once the summer heat has passed and the cool weather begins to arrive, these little creatures are going to start looking for a warm place to spend their winter. Unfortunately, many bugs choose to make their nests inside homes by squeezing through windows, cracks, or other openings within the walls.
Stink bug control prevention includes sealing up any visible cracks and moving any potted plants, which are prime nesting spots. If you find that you already have a stink bug infestation within your home, an exterminator should be called right away so they can vacuum them up. Crushing them yourself will only attract additional bugs because of the scent.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
In recent years, the stink bug epidemic has grown. The sneaky little brown bug has started to invade homes in a desperate attempt to stay warm through the winter. Not only are stink bugs annoying and gross, they can also be harmful to gardens and certain crops. Thankfully, stink bug control is becoming easier. Below are a few simple tips that should put you well on your way to getting and keeping stink bugs out of your home; stink bug control doesn’t have to be impossible!
Shop Vacs: When it comes to stink bugs, a shop vac is one of the best weapons you can have. Using a shop vac, you can safely and efficiently vacuum up the little varmints. As a shop vac can operate both indoors and outdoors, it makes it a great tool for exterminating stink bugs, however, be forewarned that the bugs will give off their ordor and your shop vac may never smell good again.
Soap and Water: Through soapy water, stink bug control is made easy. Amazingly, stink bugs will drown in a soap and water solution. Not only is it easy, it can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you can even make your own trap by taking a large plastic bottle, cutting the top off and filling the bottom with soap and water. All you have to do is knock the stink bugs into the bottle for their soapy death.
Seal Cracks and Openings: Don’t let stink bug control even become a problem; by ensuring that all cracks and openings in your home are sealed, you can fix the problem before it even starts. It can also be a good idea to remove all window air conditioning units as stink bugs can sneak through them and into your home.
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
If you have found stink bugs crawling into your home, it’s easy to understand why you may be freaked out. Instead of thinking that you need to immediately contact a professional pest exterminator, you should consider a homemade stink bug traps that can eliminate this problem in no time. By taking the time to learn about a homemade stink bug trap using LED lights and sticky paper to trapping stink bugs, you can get rid of these pests without spending a lot of money on an exterminator.
Most stink bugs are instantly attracted to bright lights. This is especially true in rooms that are very dark with just one light. Purchasing a small LED light and placing sticky paper underneath can make the perfect combination to trap stink bugs in just a few hours time. It’s especially effective if you keep just the trap light on and the rest of the room dark. A sting bug trap doesn’t need to be expensive in order to draw in these little pests. Making sure that the sticky paper you choose is going to be strong enough to hold these bugs still is a vital part in keeping this test effective, along with choosing bright LED lights.
Taking your time purchasing a few of the required materials can help you assemble your own stink bug trap in just a small matter of time. Instead of thinking that you have to hire a professional or purchase an expensive trap from the store, you should consider this quick light trap that can be bought for under $10. Whether you’re dealing with a large infestation of these bugs or just a few, this homemade stink bug trap can be just as effective as expensive traps.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
In the past, one would have to just deal with the hundreds of stink bugs that invaded their home. Now there are stink bug traps that can help alleviate the problem. The traps are safe and easy to use, as will be explained below.
Working all day and all night long and incredibly simple to set up and use, stink bug traps are perfectly effective. After they are full, you just need to empty them and they are ready to go again.
For maximum effectiveness, the traps should be placed in the areas where you see stink bugs most often. These are most likely near window or door cracks, where the bugs can sneak into your home without your knowledge. Another easy tip is to put a sweet vegetable or fruit near the traps to make them more likely to enter.
If you don’t know where to purchase a stink bug trap, there are two options. Many hardware stores have started carrying them, but if not, they are fairly easy and cheap to find through online suppliers. Make sure to buy the right kind of trap; some are for use only inside, others are made for the outdoors. Another thing to consider is getting a separate trap for babies, or nymphs. This way will take care of adults and future generations of stink bugs all at once.
With the emergence of these traps, many people are starting to build their own. The instructions to do so are available easily online, and the materials are fairly inexpensive. Whether you build or buy a trap, make sure the bugs cannot escape, and that the trap can be used over and over. There is no reason to get a new stink bug trap every time it fills up.
Finally, these traps use no harmful chemicals, and are completely safe to use. Get a trap now and start getting rid of the stink.
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Stink bugs can be one of the more invasive and persistent pests in both the garden and in the home. They tend to collect in groups and have a higher tolerance to some pesticides than other insects. One method of stink bug control that should be avoided at all costs is any method that involves crushing or smashing the bugs since, beyond the unpleasant smell that results, a pheromone is also released that will draw more stink bugs to the location.
In a garden or outdoor setting, there are two main forms of stink bug control
. The first is to remove weeds and plants that the bugs are attracted to, hopefully reducing their numbers in the immediate area. The second method of outdoor stink bug control is to either release beneficial insects like lacewings or praying mantis into the area so they will eat the eggs and stink bugs, or to lay out a garden that has flowers and plants that will attract beneficial insects into the area.
Stink bug control in and around a home is done differently. The most effective form of stink bug control in a home is to prevent them from entering in the first place. This means sealing open areas and cracks that lead outdoors, as well as possibly surrounding the house in a strong pesticide to keep them away from the walls.
Once inside the home, a vacuum cleaner is very effective at removing the bugs, especially since they like to sit in clusters. Pesticides will work to some extent, but might not kill all of the bugs. After whatever stink bug control methods are necessary, the home should be closely monitored for hatching stink bugs and eggs for some time afterwards. Using stink bug traps, or even just regularly spraying areas where they were previously seen, will eventually remove all of the bugs from the home.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Stink bugs are well-known for the ability to stink a joint up and drive the residents insane. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these pesky creatures also have a bad habit of rapidly multiplying. People who have dealt with this headache in the past know all too well how quickly the little stinkers can take over a property. Hanging out on trees, in houses and near your favorite outdoor activities, they can really put a damper on any party.
Part of the problem is that stinkbugs are more prolific than the proverbial rabbit. They have no natural enemies, so their dozens of eggs will hatch and start families of their own. To make matters worse, they’re resistant to pesticides and chemicals. Of the few pesticides that are found to work, their toxicity is so high that they can’t be used indoors at all. This is an especially frightening thought for anyone who is concerned about the environment and is trying to move away from harsh, dangerous chemicals. A better solution is to set out a stink bug trap
for the little invaders.
Experts recommend keeping the little bugs out of your home completely to avoid the problem. Their small size and tendency to hibernate in cracks and crevices makes this exceedingly difficult. It’s always a good idea to caulk over small cracks and holes in your home’s exterior, but you can rest assured that these pests will find the one crack you didn’t discover and fill. This is why it’s a good idea to always have a stink bug trap, or two, on hand.
Even if you don’t currently have stink bugs killing the pleasant odors of your home, the fact is that they could appear at any time. Vacuuming them up and flushing them down the toilet are reasonably effective removal methods, but they require a great deal of work on your part. A stink bug trap, on the other hand, will do the work for you. Simply set the trap out, let the bugs enter for their own personal party, and then dispose of the little stinkers. Keep a few on hand so you can use the stink bug trap as soon as you see one bug. It’s a simple step that can save you a great deal of aggravation in the long run.