This nasty pest was introduced to us from East Asia and first collected in Allentown, PA in the fall of 1996. It has since spread to New Jersey through North Carolina. Stink bugs cause damage to crops and can become quit numerous inside of structures.
Stink bugs become active from overwintering in early to mid-April. They mate and lay clusters of 20-30 eggs under leaves from May to August. The eggs hatch in about 4-5 days. This process continues on and on. They are here to stay. So what can you do? It’s simple! ATC offers either a onetime service or as part of our Advanced Protection Program, total control. ATC noticed that none of its customers had stink bug issues. The reason is because ATC treats all doors and windows inside as well as attics and the outside perimeter of your home with a certain material that kills stink bugs and maintains control as they try to enter all year long. If you are considering a one-time service, the best time of the year to treat for stink bugs is September. This is when they will try to get inside and overwinter. Don't wait until September to schedule!
To protect your garden use regular dish detergent in water. Spray your garden as needed. NEVER treat your garden with pesticides that are not labeled for fruits and vegetables. Never vacuum up dead or alive stink bugs and leave them in the vacuum. Empty it each time outside. Otherwise you will attract another worse pest inside your home.
ATC does offer a Do-It-Yourself Kit for stink bugs. You really need to be able to get into your attic, and be able to treat all of your windows.