How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Instantly using Home Remedies

Is your house being invaded by an unspeakable amount of stink bugs? These pests typically start their mass invasion in the fall (Sep – Oct) and will emit a cilantro-like odor when they feel threatened. These remedies may help you deal with them instantly.

  • Create a simple plastic bug stink bug trap.
  • Set up an electric bug zapper to zap the stink bugs.
  • Spray the stink bugs with dish soap-mixed water.
  • Vacuum the stink bugs with a shop vac.
  • Set up temporary screens on your windows and vents.

Best Stink Bug Traps & Repellents

Don’t have time to create your own stink bug traps? Try using one of these products to speed up the stink bug removal process.

Stinkbug Trap

Wondercide Indoor Pest Spray
This spray uses natural ingredients, such as cedar oil and other aromatic essential oils, to repel common household pests including stink bugs. Spray it directly onto the stink bugs in your house. Make sure you are okay with the scent before you start to spray a generous amount.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Sprinkle a generous amount of food-grade diatomaceous earth (not the pool-grade) along common stink bug entry points, such as windows and vents. This natural powder will eliminate the stink bugs by drying out their exoskeleton.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in the House

Create a simple bottle + LED trap
This is a homemade stink bug trap that doesn’t require you to handle the stink bugs with your own hands. You will need a 2-liter plastic bottle, a small LED light, and black masking tape.

The first step is to carefully cut the upper third of the plastic bottle. Next, firmly attach the LED light to the bottom of the bottle then stick the upper-half of the bottle into the bottom-half so that the bottle top is pointing inwards (like a funnel).

Next, cover the bottom of the bottle with black tape to maximize the focus and effectiveness of the light beam. You want to encourage the stink bugs to fly into the bottle funnel. When the trap is ready, place it in a dark area of the house where the stink bugs are likely to be found.

If all goes to plan then you should see plenty of stink bugs trapped in the bottle the next morning. You can fill up the plastic bottle with soapy water to kill the stink bugs. You may want to set up several bottle traps if you are dealing with a large stink bug invasion.

Set up an electric bug zapper at night
Like many other household pests, stink bugs are attracted to light. Get yourself an electric bug zapper and place it in a dark corner of the house. Plenty of stink bugs will fly themselves to death by coming into direct contact with the electric zapper.

Keep the bug zapper away from the windows as the light may attract more stink bugs from the outside. We recommend the liBa bug zapper, which has a powerful electric grid and a collection tray that allows for easy stink bug disposal.

Spray the bugs with dish soap-mixed water
You can make a very simple stink bug killer by mixing a few drops of dish soap with water. Pour the soapy water into a spray bottle then spray it directly onto the stink bugs.

Dish soap can kill stink bugs by penetrating the bug’s exoskeleton. This will eventually cause the stink bugs to lose their fluid balance and die from dehydration. We recommend wearing safety goggles when you spray the soapy solution in the house.

Vacuum the stink bugs with a shop vac
Vacuuming is a time-efficient way of dealing with large stink bug invasions in the house. We recommend using a shop vac and not your regular vacuum if you don’t want the regular vacuum to smell like stink bugs.

A lot of home improvement stores, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, actually rent out powerful shop vacs. A wet/dry shop vac will help you to kill the stink bugs immediately if you pour soapy water into the collection tank.

Set up temporary screens on your windows
Prevent the stink bugs from flying into your house by setting up temporary screens on the windows, doors, and vents. Ideally, you want to set these screens up before peak stink bug season. The window screen gaps should be as small as possible.

What Attracts Stink Bugs?

Ever wondered why September and October is peak stink bug season? It’s most likely due to these insects seeking warm shelter for the winter months. You’ll find many of these bugs in sunny surfaces and reflective surfaces.

Aside from warmth, stink bugs also seek a readily-available supply of food. They like to feast on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as ornamental plants. You are more likely to succeed with preventing a stink bug invasion if you prevent the first batch from entering your house.

When stink bugs find a suitable shelter, they release a chemical called the aggregation pheromone. This chemical attracts other stink bugs to the area. Your job is to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, your chance of eliminating these bugs quickly is pretty grim.

Do Stink Bugs Bite?

No, they don’t bite. They are harmless to humans because they don’t have the physical capacity to bite, sting, or carry dangerous diseases. The only nuisance is their odor and the tendency for them to swarm in large numbers.

They may also cause havoc for gardeners by feasting on crops like tomatoes, green beans, and apples. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an effective way of dealing with this situation naturally other than to divert the stink bug’s attention to less-valued plants.

About the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is the most common stink bug species that people across in the states. They aren’t even native to the country. Ever since they arrived, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have grossed out millions of homeowners with many not knowing how to deal with such a large swarm of bugs.