Keeping Stink Bugs Out
LESLIE: Mary is calling in with an unwanted pest question. You’ve got some bugs at your house. What’s going on?MARY: Oh, well we have I guess we call them stink bugs. I’m not sure if that’s the official name but around here that’s what everybody calls them: stink bugs and boxelder bugs. No way to get rid of them.TOM: Yeah, well there are a couple of things that you can do. First of all, if you want to make them go away completely, it’s best to have a licensed pest control operator come out and evaluate and treat them appropriately. But to stop them from getting into buildings, they like to get into small crevices that …LESLIE: Yeah, they love nooks and crannies …TOM: Yeah.LESLIE: … and I can tell you, we get them in my house and when you kill them they smell like fresh-cut grass and they look kind of like prehistoric monsters.TOM: They do look pretty ugly.MARY: Yeah, yeah.LESLIE: But they’re – yeah, they’re really crazy looking.TOM: You want to seal the cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes. You want to go behind the chimneys, underneath wood fascia, little cracks and crevices around the house. You can actually slow down them getting into your house quite a bit with a couple of tubes of silicone latex caulk.