Exterminator: Sept. 23 worst day for stinkbugs

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Fall is here and so is stinkbug season. A local exterminator says September 23 is the worst day of the year for the smelly pests.

Upon spotting any bug, our first instinct is to get rid of it. But with stink bugs, beware.

“I did that absentmindedly one time. I was just walking by and grabbed it, and I had to wash my hand seven times to get that off,” said John Mervine, service manager at B.J. Riley Pest Control.

They may not be the prettiest creature, and their odor is not like smelling the roses. But they want in your home.

“Just somewhere to spend the winter,” Mervine said.

September 23 is moving day for the little guys. A couple of years ago, a student at Penn State University created a website to try and track stink bugs in the area. He surveyed people across the state, and each year the website exploded on September 23, getting thousands of hits.

“They go out in the spring. They’re in the crops. In the fall, they come back and they want to spend the winter in the house,” Mervine said.

So, if they aren’t searching for trash or food inside of your home, how do you get rid of them? The treatment entails two parts. Exterminators will hit the entry points; around roof lines, doors, windows, and just about anywhere they might get in.

“You don’t want to roll over on them. They got their name for a reason,” Mervine said.

And in case you’re wondering, the smell is meant to protect the bugs against predators.

Mervine said there isn’t too much you can do to prevent stink bugs, other than making sure your window screens and doors don’t have any cracks or holes.

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