By Alexa Erickson
The sight of a stink bug lurking around the home is enough to bother you. But when you notice a whole family has moved in, that’s a sign that it’s time to take action. Once stink bugs hide indoors, they slowly settle in for the winter, invading warm spaces like in beds, on top of countertops near the toaster or coffee maker, and even in the shower. They’re cringy little critters, to say the least.
The biggest issue about these insects is that you can’t kill them with a paper towel or suck them up with a vacuum as you would if you spotted another creepy-crawly bug—when threatened, stink bugs emit a fluid as a defense mechanism, which has a pungent smell (hence the name “stink bug”) and said fluid can spray up to several inches away from where the bugs are planted. If you’re in the midst of a stink bug home invasion, follow this guide to get them out, odor-free.