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5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs don’t bite or spread disease but they damage plants and are super annoyingβ€”plus, yeah, they stink, too. The next time you spot these intrusive pests, skip the toxic stuff and try these natural approaches instead.

 

The following guidelines reduce outdoor (and therefore indoor) stink bug populations:

  • Limit potential hideouts by keeping grass and shrubbery trim, and promptly removing any overgrowth like weeds.
  • Create space between exterior walls and any small trees or bushes. Stink bugs use these as bridges to move indoors.
  • Healthier lawns are less prone to stink bug issues. Maintain a vibrant lawn by watering, fertilizing, and and treating it with a family-safe insecticide monthly.

 

Simple and effective, a bucket filled with several cups of hot water and ΒΎ cup natural dish soap is excellent for disposing of stink bugs.

Place the bucket below individuals crawling on walls and other surfaces and knock them down inside using a garden tool

 

Vacuums are one of the easiest options for removing stink bugs indoors.

To avoid a stinky mess, use a vacuum with a disposable bag or repurpose a used stocking to prevent bugs from entering the bag. Simply wrap the stocking around the vacuum tube, secure it with a rubber band, and push it down inside the tube. Then simply dispose of the stocking when you’re finished.

 

Stink bugs tend to accumulate all in the same areas, namely walls and entry points with access to warmth or sunlight.

A few strips of fly paper applied to these spaces can do wonders for reducing their numbers.

 

Made from crushed algae fossils, diatomaceous earth is an awesome natural pesticide, killing any stink bugs that come into contact with it.

Spread the chalk-like powder along entry points like window sills and doorways, and wherever else you commonly spot stink bugs. Dusting them directly works, too!

 

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4 comments

  1. Paige McBride

    So does Cedarcide not work on stink bugs then? It doesn’t sound like it from this article Thank you

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great point, Paige!

      Short answer: yes, in both our personal experience and that of our customers for over 20 years, our products are great at killing & repelling stink bugs. However, because we do not have testing specifically for stink bugs, we can’t make that claim explicitly.

  2. Peter Schmardel

    I use your product in a fogger. Will it repel stink bugs?

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi, Peter!

      In our experience and our customers for over 20 years, our product is very effective at killing stink bugs. Using a fogger outdoors to repel them, however, would not be too effective as the fog will dissipate too quickly. I’d suggest using Original in a spray to target them directly. Treating your yard monthly with the Lawn & Garden kit is your best bet for long term prevention of unwanted outdoor bugs.

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