How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs In Homes & Gardens

Keep reading, as I will be giving you tips on how to get rid of stink bugs in apartments and on garden plants.

About Stink Bug Extermination

With the colder months come to the snow, but that isn’t the only thing that comes with it. There are very unpleasant guests known as stink bugs who find their way into homes to overwinter.

These bugs can be a real pain in the nose. Yes, nose! Not because they bite, but because they stink, especially when they are in large numbers.

As their name implies, stink bugs are a “nose-sore” (if such a word exists). This is because they smell bad, and it gets worse when they are in large numbers.

These bugs cannot stand extreme cold temperatures, which is why they find their way into people’s homes to spend the winter.

Stink bugs can feed on decaying organic food crumbs, so don’t be surprised if you find them near your bins or leftover food. They are also attracted to light, so after a nice meal, they can crawl up close to your desk or wall lamps.

They also love moisture, so if they are in your home, you can expect to find them hanging around leaking pipes or other damp areas.

These bugs do not bite humans or suck mammal blood, so you are safe from them. However, the smell they produce cannot be tolerated, so they just have to go!

How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

You can employ several means to get rid of these unpleasant pests. I will list out some options below.

  • Use A Fly Swatter

Stink bugs stink, and they stink even more when they are crushed. Nonetheless, one of the fastest ways of eradicating them on sight is to swat them dead.

Once again, they smell really bad, and even worse when they are burst open.

If you can withstand the smell, then go ahead and spank them with the fly swatter. I will advise you though, make sure you have a face mask on when you do, just to reduce the intensity of the smell.

If you are extra careful, you can swat them without actually bursting them open. The blow has to be soft enough to avoid splatter, but hard enough to kill them. If you’re well calculated, you’ll swing just right and they’ll be dead.

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Take out all the dead bugs and dispose of them properly after swatting.

  • Vacuum Them Up

Another way to remove them from your home is to grab a vacuum cleaner and scoop them all up.

These bugs aren’t the best at hiding, so you can easily find them around areas of your house which they find comfortable.

Run the vacuum over them several times to make sure it sucks them all in. If they are hiding in places where the vacuum cannot access, like under the kitchen sink, then use a broom to knock them off the pipes and onto the ground, then continue with the vacuum.

When you’re done, be sure to empty the vacuum bag immediately to prevent the odor from sticking.

  • Ventilate Your Home

Stink Bugs love moisture, and one way to get rid of, or reduce the moisture in your home is to properly ventilate.

You can leave all the fans on for some hours to promote better airflow. You can also leave your doors and windows open as insurance.

Doing this will reduce the moisture at home, and the less moisture there is, the less stink bugs you will find in your home.

You could also use a dehumidifier to help the situation. They are not expensive so you can easily get one.

  • Fix All Leaking Pipes

Stink Bugs will crawl up and lodge in spaces where there is moisture or leaking water. If your kitchen or bathroom sink has a busted pipe, then water will leak from it and stink bugs will make their way there.

A simple solution to this is to get your pipes and all leakages fixed. Your plumber can do that for you for a small fee. If you are the DIY type, then you can do it yourself.

If the living conditions in your home are no longer favorable to them, then they will leave.

  • Don’t Encourage Their Feeding

What draws stink bugs to your house? Leftovers!

Every living creature needs food to survive, and it’s a no-brainer that when an organism’s food source is gone from where they usually get it, they have to explore other options.

In your home, stink bugs could have different feeding options, depending on your level of hygiene.

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If you’re the type that eats late at night and leaves the leftover food overnight, then you’re providing more than enough food for the bugs.

Also, if your trash bin is full, among the contents, decaying organic food, then you are also giving the stink bugs feeding options.

One of the best means to get rid of stink bugs is by not offering them anything, especially food.

Make sure your trash bins are emptied regularly and free of decaying food. Also, when you eat, take the plate away and wash it clean. Throw all leftovers away and dispose of them properly.

A quick tip here is to use airtight plastic bags to gather up your junk. Stink Bugs will not be able to rip through such bags and will be forced to go and explore other feeding options.

  • Use Commercial Insecticides

The most effective remedy for killing indoor insects is the use of insecticides.

A strong insecticide will kill stink bugs on the spot, in a few minutes.

I would recommend the use of chemical-based insecticides. They are stronger than organically made insecticides and they also have repelling qualities.

The only issue with chemical-based insecticides is that they are toxic. Keeping this mind, you have to be very careful when using such an insecticide.

Keep containers away from the reach of children and pets. Also, protect yourself when you use them.

  • Use Homemade Insecticides

Homemade insecticides will not be as potent as the commercial, chemical-based insecticides, nonetheless, they also work very well.

You can make chili and garlic solution to drive the bugs away. Garlic and chili both have harsh effects on most small insects, and stink bugs are among such that will suffer any direct contact with a garlic and chili combination.

Using Neem oil is also an organic way to get rid of stink bugs with essential oils.

  • Try Boric Acid

This is also a good means with which you can fight off stink bugs. Boric acid can be sprinkled directly on the stink bugs, or applied in the areas where they are very active.

When they come in contact with the boric acid, they will drop dead soon enough.

How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs In The Garden Naturally

Here is how to get rid of stink bugs on tomatoes and other garden plants.

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If you find that a bunch of stink bugs has begun to encroach into your garden, then you need to do something about it fast.

The challenge with garden pest control is that a gardener would want to get rid of the pests using methods that will not harm the plants. This means natural control measures would be the best option.

One of the best ways to control a pest naturally is to introduce a natural predator into the environment.

Stink Bugs might smell bad to humans, but they taste good to frogs and lizards.

That being said, if you notice some stink bug activity in your garden, then you can introduce some natural predators to eat them all up.

Get one or two frogs and lizards and place them in your garden. All you have to do afterward is to keep living your regular life while the predators do the job for you.

The only disadvantage of introducing natural predators is that they will also eat up the beneficial insects.

You can also try making an organic pesticide spray. A garlic and cayenne pepper combo is always recommended as an organic and non-toxic way to get rid of garden pests.

How To Control Stink Bugs

Follow the tips below to control stink bugs around your yard and home.

  • Seal Of All Cracks

Stink Bugs will explore as many opportunities as they can to get into your home. The cracks and spaces in-between your doors and windows need to be sealed off to keep the bugs out.

  • Reduce Lights

Stink Bugs are attracted to lights, so the less of them you have in your yard, the Less stink bugs you will see.

  • Use Air-Tight Trash Bags

If the stink bugs can access the decaying food in the bin, then they will keep visiting and spending time there. But if they cannot, then they will go elsewhere.

Use airtight trash bags and seal them tightly after you have dumped the waste inside.


Stink Bugs do not bite or sting, they just so bad, especially when in large numbers.

Follow the tips above to get rid of them.

I hope this article on how to get rid of stink bugs has been helpful.

Take care!

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