DIY Stink Bug Spray Needed Due to Stink Bug Invasion

Simple DIY Stink Bug Spray

Stink bugs have started coming into our home recently, sparking the need for a DIY stink bug spray. Evidently the mild 2019-2020 winter is threatening to make this years fall stink bug invasion worse than previous years. A few days of cooler weather have caused the malodorous critters to come pouring in through some small openings around our upstairs windows. Aside from some more calking, it’s time to make some repellent spray.

DIY Stink Bug Spray

Homemade DIY stink bug spray can be easily made with a variety of natural ingredients that can prevent stink bugs from entering your home. Garlic mixtures, natural mint oil, neem oil, or even catnip will ward off stink bugs and keep them from entering your home and garden. An effective garlic spray can be made with 2 cups water mixed in a spray bottle with about 4 teaspoons of garlic powder. 10 drops of mint oil can be used instead of powdered garlic. non-heat-treated diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that can be peppered around doors and windows. This will not repel the bugs but will eventually kill them. Diatomaceous earth is effective against a variety of insect pests including cockroaches, ants, and silverfish.

 

A Simple and Cheap DIY Stink Bug Trap

DIY stink bug traps are another way to control stink bugs in the home and garden. Some stink bugs will inevitably make it through the repellent spray barrier. An effective DIY stink bug trap can be used to control these intrepid individuals. A simple and inexpensive trap can be made with a plastic bottle, an led light, and some tape.

Stink bugs do little actual damage in the garden. They do not bite or sting but they can be quite a nuisance in a living area. Having one of these bugs wake you up in the middle of the night by landing and crawling on your face is no fun at all. Believe me. The brown marmorated stink bug is perhaps the most sighted stink bug variety spotted in at least 37 states. Interestingly, this variety was not prevalent in the US until it was introduced into the United States in 1998. The brown marmorated stink bug originated in Asia. It is commonly thought that stink bugs have no useful benefits for people or anything else. However, everything in natures seems to have a purpose. One bit of research seems to indicate that stink bugs can do damage to plants, causing them to leak nutritious liquids. these liquids can provide food for pollinator insects or insects like wasps that feed on more harmful garden pests.

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