How To Stop Stink Bugs

stink bug How To Stop Stink Bugs
Updated with new remedies and warnings!

Stink bugs are invading houses all over Pittsburgh. Listeners are sharing their sure-fire home remedies that have stopped stink bugs at their homes (and warn you about what doesn’t work, too!).. Listeners tell us that…

1) Spraying an area with a mixture of Dawn dishwashing soap and water will repel the stink bugs (several people have told us they’ve tried that with success, others say you have to drown bugs in a jar of the soapy liquid)

2) Brown Listerine will kill stink bugs on contact (who figured that out?)

3) Dropping stink bugs in ammonia will kill them (duh – careful with that ammonia, though)

4) Stuff cracks around your attic windows with paper towels and spray them with Ortho Home Max Defense.

5) The insecticide cypermethrine is supposed to work, but it may be hard to find (it can come in bug bomb form). As always, follow product directions for use.

5) Contrary to rumor, burning bayberry candles does nothing to keep out stink bugs

We can’t endorse any of the above methods. However, the experts say that the best way to stop stink bugs from entering your home is by sealing cracks or openings around utility pipes, chimneys, windows, doors and siding. Repair any holes in door screens. 

Experts say the best way to pick up stink bugs is with a vacuum cleaner hose… but you’re warning us not to do that, because too many bugs in your vacuum bag start to stink. And be careful not to squish the stink bugs, because they’ll stink.

Courtesy of our friends Monty & Zeke of Y108!

If you’ve had success in stopping stink bugs, tell us below.


One Comment

  1. Michelle Grmusa says:

    chlorox and hot water….spray outside of windows, doors, and screens…also i burn bayberry tarts in my kitchen and never see stink bugs there

  2. arleen says:

    thank you … those pesky critters keep showing up in our home & we do not how they are coming in. Up to now, we have been picking them up and flushing them down the toilet…

  3. Brian Mack says:

    Please send any info on stink bugs, especially to get rid of them. Thank you

  4. Brian Mack says:

    Send info on killing stink bugs. Thank you

  5. Colleen says:

    I sprayed wasp and hornet spray all around my porch and door last night and today there is not a stink bug in sight.

  6. brian says:

    i laugh at all your remedies. they all work at killing them but more just keep coming. the only thing that works is “great stuff foam insulation”, you can kill a million but more will come back. the only thing you can do is seal the house to keep them out, and most of all do not flush them after a while they WILL clog the drain and you will have to get out the snake or call a plumber

  7. brian says:

    some birds and insects will eat them but not enough to make a difference

  8. Kay says:

    Just a random note, I have been down by the creek lately (when its been hot and my house has been swarmed by this buggers..) and there are NO stink bugs there. Maybe that atmosphere has something to do with it?

    1. lydiawhitney says:

      Sorry, I meant to say that I have been compiling the latest research and resources on my website,!

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