Posted by John Fasoldt on 20:01:14 4/9/2009 from 184.108.40.206:
In reply to: stink bug infestation posted by Cathy on 18:44:32 4/9/2009 from 220.127.116.11:
Hey! Don't feel bad, I had one on top of my toothbrush the other morning... And I'm an exterminator, with every chemical known to man (and some that aren't) at my disposal.
I'd love to tell you that all you have to do is to buy (a chemical) and put it (where) and it'll end the problem.
Ain't gonna happen.
They come from the outside, they sun themselves on the outside of your house and enter through tiny cracks and crevices and get to the inside (by mistake, mostly) of your house where you see them.
Not a whole lot you can do. You're doing the right thing (vacuum) now. Just forget the Raid or other insecticides. Not worth the hassle - the 'cure is worse than the disease.' The bugs are absolutely harmless and are just a nuisance. They're not dirty, they don't bite, suck your blood, vector or carry any diseases and did I say they're harmless?
Learn to live with what you have, they are cyclical, so some years are worse than others. Maybe next year will be better.
The best line of attack is to CAULK all those little places they get in. That's a big job, especially if you have a big, old house. You don't need an exterminator to do that. Lots of places they can get in. They also will overwinter in your walls, so the ones you see now might have come in during the fall.
Believe me, if I had a way to solve the problem, I'd be a rich man. And I would sell you some and get richer....
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