Stink bugs have become the scourge of homeowners everywhere, and getting rid of them can be an extensive process. These small, brown, dime-sized bugs are harmless to humans but are a nuisance for their sheer numerousness, as well as the malodorous scent they emit, which is something akin to sweaty feet. The bugs are a challenge to get rid of and have no natural predators. Nevertheless, a proactive homeowner can take certain precautions to rid their home of the bugs and keep them outdoors where they belong.
Make it difficult for bugs to get inside by sealing cracks near doors, windows, and the soffit, which is the edge of the roof. Use caulk to make sure the openings are closed air-tight. Install weather stripping and screens in attic windows. Also check other window screens to see if they need mending or repair. If the bugs do manage to infiltrate, you can vacuum them up and take the bag outside.
You also might have to rethink your gardening hobby if you really want to stinkbug-proof your home. Bugs may be attracted by fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. If possible, move the garden farther away from the house.
Alternately, you can use chemical solutions like insecticides and poisons. Liquid ant baits placed near stinkbug entry points may be effective at killing them. You can also hire a professional exterminator to apply insecticide to the west and south-facing sides of your home. Talstar Pro is one popular stink bug control product. Mix an ounce of the solution with one gallon of water and spray using a pump sprayer. Sunlight diminishes the effects of insecticide over time, so you may need to reapply the product several times.
Following these methods should eliminate, or at least reduce, the pesky presence of stink bugs in your home.