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Stink bugs are characterized by their oval, or shield shape, brown color, and especially the smell they release when threatened or squished. Adult stink bugs can be up to ¾ inch long, or the size of a dime. They are found across the eastern half of the United States, as well as some of the south. They are a fairly new addition to the U.S. bug world, being native to eastern Asia and only showing up in the U.S. in the late 1990’s. Because they are foreign, they have no natural predators in the U.S. which allows them to quickly spread and infest your home. Stink bug infestations are common in spring and summer, but a professional exterminator will help you dispose of them quickly. Fox Pest Control is here to help with your stink bug problem.

Signs of a Stink Bug Infestation

You might already know you have a stink bug infestation but here is the most common sign stink bug exterminators look for  in McAllen.

Large Gatherings

During certain times of the year in McAllen, you need to control stink bugs because that’s when they gather in extremely large numbers in preparation for winter. They might be found on the side of your car, house, or other structure.


If you have a stink bug infestation, homeowners will notice a foul scent that will linger for hours.

Things You Need to Know About Stink Bugs

  • Stink bugs get their name from the foul odor they produce when threatened or squished. 
  • The small pest produces this odor in their abdomens, and it’s served them well over time. Because they taste and smell so bad, few creatures want to eat them. 
  • Their ability to survive becomes a problem for folks in McAllen when hundreds of stink bugs are alive to seek shelter in your walls and your home’s interior over the winter while they wait the weather out until spring. 
  • If you see stink bugs inside, they’re most likely brown marmorated stink bugs, as this is the most common type of nuisance stink bug species in the United States. 
  • They will go after food if it’s left out. 

Helpful Stink Bug Prevention Tips:

  • Seal common entry points around doors, windows and foundation
  • Ensure light switches, ceiling fans, and outlets are flush with the wall or ceiling
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up bugs. Don’t squish them because they leave a yellowish stain and they smell terrible. Empty vacuum soon after use to prevent odor.
  • To keep the live stink bugs from coming back, freeze the vacuum contents overnight and dispose of them the next day. The bugs won’t survive the low temperatures.
  • For temporary relief, mix grease-fighting dish soap and water in a spray bottle or hose attachment. Apply directly to bugs outside to kill on contact.

How Do I Get Rid Of Stink Bugs?

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Think you have a stink bug problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (956) 683-6467 for a free McAllen stink bug control quote.

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Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized stink bug treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.


You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain stink bug free.

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Stink Bug Control FAQ

How do I get rid of stink bugs?

Especially in extreme cases, professional pest control is the best way to make sure these stinkers don’t stick around at your place in McAllen for the long term.

In the meantime
Don’t squish them or else they will stink and leave stains
Inside: Use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up
Outside: Use soapy water and a garden hose

Why are there so many stink bugs around my house?

Getting rid of stink bugs is important because their populations fluctuate throughout the year. Stink bugs spend the winter in a safe, warm spot until the spring. As the temperature warms, all the stink bugs move into the open to breed and eat their favorite plants. 

Because of their unique body chemistry, stink bugs have few natural predators because they smell and taste so foul. They tend to gather together during the fall to find a place to spend the winter, like wall voids or in soffits.

Are stink bugs poisonous?

Stink bugs aren’t poisonous, don’t bite, and won’t contaminate food. However, stink bug removal is important because they can stink pretty bad and leave a nasty stain if squished. 

Are stink bugs invasive?

Some stink bugs are considered a nuisance pest if they invade your home. The brown marmorated stink bug is the main nuisance species and is invasive in McAllen and throughout the U.S. 

Will stink bugs poison my pet?

Curious pets may lap up a few stink bugs, especially if the bugs gather in a specific area. Some pets may have a negative reaction to stink bugs and could vomit.

What do stink bugs eat?

Most stink bugs are herbivores. They eat leaves, flowers, and fruits. Pest species like the brown marmorated stink bug and harlequin bug can be quite devastating to crop fields. Omnivorous stink bugs include the spined soldier bug and the two-spotted stink bug; they’re beneficial to gardens by eating pest insects.

Why are they called stink bugs?

These little stinkers are aptly named. They produce a foul-smelling chemical from their abdomen to keep predators from coming too close. Some species can spray the chemical several inches!

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