Although harmless, stink bugs are rather unpleasant since they have an inbuilt defense mechanism which includes a charming process of releasing terrible smell to ward off predators. They often inhabit human homes, hiding in the walls, the attic, any types of wall or wood cracks etc. Killing them, of course, means spreading the unpleasant smell around the room. You can always use pesticides against any type of insect or bug, but their harmful ingredients are better kept outside of your living space, especially if you have children or pets. It is always much better to use natural sprays, and most of them can be easily prepared at home. So, how to get rid of stink bugs?
First above all, you need to try and prevent their coming in in the first place. Inspect your house for potential entering points and do whatever you have to do to seal the potential entries. This is, of course, not easy, and you might not be successful in anticipating every possibility these little crawlers might, figuratively, have upon their sleeves.
If you happen upon a stink bug, remove it extra carefully, using a plastic bag or paper and throw it out, or flush down the toilet. In order to disorient them, you may use some hairspray or deodorant. If they are situated in a high position, you may put a container with a mixture of soap and water for them to fall into.
Lemon juice and vinegar
Mix an ounce of lemon juice and half an ounce of vinegar in an eight-ounce container with water. Turn it into a spray then use on the problematic areas.
Make a spray out of four teaspoons of garlic powder and sixteen ounces of water, then spray around any potential places of entry. The smell of garlic repels the stink bugs.
Mix ten drops of peppermint essential oil with sixteen ounces of water. Use it in the same way as described above.
If you have a lot of problems with stink bugs, you might consider pheromone traps. These traps imitate the natural pheromones of stink bugs, which attracts them. After being captured, the bugs die of dehydration. If having frequent issues with the bug invasion, make sure to replace the traps on a regular basis. They are very effective but don’t last very long.
If your garden has been invaded, use a Neem oil solution. Combine two tablespoons of the oil with a half cup of water. You can use the solution safely in both your home and garden.
Buy catnip powder and use it on every infected area, in the house or the garden. It is also possible to grow your own catnip and make your own powder by drying the plant, then crushing it.