12 Natural Ways to Stop Stink Bugs (#5 is Super Easy)

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There is no other way to describe stink bugs… their name fits! They really stink! It’s their natural defense system, you see. When they are frightened or alarmed, they put out a really nasty smell. Same thing happens when you step on them. The problem is, how do you get rid of them?

More than likely, you have seen them around. They live almost everywhere in the US. They are originally from Asia, but they hitched a ride here and now, like Asia, we can’t get rid of them.

These foul smelling bugs have a hard, brown, shield-like body that helps to protect them from most predators. They love fruit trees, vegetables, and some ornamental plants. Although they don’t really harm humans, they are terribly annoying and can damage fruit crops in sufficient numbers.

If you have plenty of stink bugs but don’t think you have a lot of options for getting rid of them, think again! We have assembled a list of 12 of the best ways to naturally rid your home and yard of stink bugs. Maybe not forever, but at least enough of them so that you don’t have to live with thousands of them flying around your porch or your fruit trees.


1.  Make Your Own Natural Spray

If they are inside the house and you don’t want to squish them, make your own bug spray by mixing 32 ounces of hot water and ¾ of a cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid. This works really well. Spray the bugs directly, and then spray all the areas outside your home where these little stinkers might come inside; around doors, windows, porch doors, screens, and cracks.


2. Shock ‘Em

Since stink bugs often spend their winters in your attic, putting one of those bug electrocution systems in your dark attic will help to keep those stink bugs under control.


3.  Suck ‘Em Up

If you can’t beat them, just suck them up! Next time you see those pesky little buggers in your home, grab the vacuum cleaner and suck them up! If they decide to let loose, they can do so safely inside your vacuum where you won’t smell them.


4. Check Your Attic

As we mentioned, stink bugs love your attic in the winter months, so this spring or summer, why not take a few hours and check your attic for holes, cracks, or gaps, and seal them. If you have gables or vents, put some screen material over them to prevent stink bugs from getting inside.

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