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Mahomet Stink Bug Control

People who have only seen them in pictures call them shield bugs because their bodies resemble those five-sided shields that knights sometimes carried. Anyone who’s actually been around one, however, probably calls it a stink bug. 

There are more than 7,000 different kinds of stink bugs in the world, but in the United States we used to mean the green stink bug when we said that term. The green stink bug is a common agricultural pest in the South, but it can also be found in orchards, woodlands, and small garden plots throughout Illinois and Indiana. Stink bugs have straw-like mouth parts that pierce into fruits or plant stems when they feed, and this can completely ruin the marketability of fruits and vegetables. 

In recent years, the brown marmorated stink bug has become a terrible agricultural problem. When people use the term stink bug now, it’s usually this invader that they are talking about. It’s a native of Asia that probably hitched a ride into the U.S. in the late 1990s inside packing crates from Japan, Korea, China, or Taiwan. Brown marmorated stink bugs are now found in 39 states and are a serious concern for crop farmers.

Stink BugAside from the agricultural damage that they cause, stink bugs are a residential nuisance. They can’t bite, they don’t do any damage to your house, and they only want to be indoors during the cold winter months, but they stink. Unlike some insects or musk animals that emit a bad odor as a means of defense, stink bugs constantly emit a chemical trail wherever they wander. The two chemicals, trans-2-decenal and trans-2-octenal, are aldehydes that are used for flavoring and aroma in the food industry. One has a nutty flavor, and the other is said to smell like waxy oranges. When stink bugs emit these two chemicals together, the combination is not pleasant.

In the fall, as their food supplies dwindle, stink bugs begin looking for a cozy, warm place to spend the winter. Your house begins to look really good to them. Attics are ideal for their needs, but under siding, baseboards, or anywhere inside your home will also do. If they get into these places, they’ll stay there until the spring or until a warm, sunny winter day draws them back out. 

The best way to prevent a residential stink bug problem is to keep them from entering your home in the first place. Keep structural cracks caulked and sealed. Replace torn or damaged screens. Exclusion is key. Call us before they become a problem. We are Terminix of Danville. We service the counties of Champaign, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Piatt, and Vermilion in Illinois. We also serve Fountain, Warren and Vermillion counties in Indiana. Call us, or use the box above to get a free quote today!





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  • Testimonials - Judy

    Shirley called to schedule inside service with Bill and complemented on his professionalism when doing their pest control services. Wanted management to know what a good employee they have working for the company.

    - Judy

  • Testimonials - Craig B.

    Jim Owen goes above and beyond. He is the best service professional that we have ever had. I wanted to call and tell you because it is not often you find someone that goes this far above and beyond.

    - Craig B.

  • Testimonials - Jennifer

    Customer said Korey was doing a fantastic job. When they bought building it was overrun with roaches and since Korey has been coming out they have not seen any bugs. They are very pleased with service.

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    Loved Marcus, good guy all around. Fantastic reflection on Terminix.

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  • Testimonials - Greg L.

    It went well Bill came treated the kitchen and we were less then a week from our quarterly outside service so he took care of that too. I have done business with them since 2005 never had a problem or a bug, at least not for long.

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    Mrs called to let management know how delightful Marcus is. She hopes he stays as their PMP.