How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs With Essential Oils

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Garden Pest Control, Pest

Brown marmorated stink bugs. You’re frustrated with big brown bugs on the outside of your house? It’s probably these guys. In Fall, brown marmorated stink bugs search for warm crevices in which to shelter overwinter.

Remedies to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Naturally

If you’re wondering how to eliminate marmorated stink bugs, you’re not alone. These stink bugs are invasive pests, destroying crops like apples, pears, corn, peas, tomatoes, peppers and soybeans, as well as invading homes and businesses.

Unfortunately for farmers and homeowners both, there is no silver bullet to kill stink bugs organically or otherwise. But there are a few things you can do to keep stink bugs out of your house naturally.

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Get Rid of Stink Bugs in the Garden 

Stink bugs commonly lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves. So to control stink bugs naturally, check your veggies in the Spring.

Crush and destroy any eggs and nymphs you find. Or use warm soapy water to spray them off and kill the stink bugs without chemicals.

Brown marmorated stink bug eggs and nymphs on a leaf

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs with Essential Oils

To kill stink bugs using essential oils, mix up to 1/4 teaspoon of rosemary, thyme, or tea tree oil in a 16oz. sprayer with a few drops of dish soap.

Wearing gloves and face protection, spray as many live adults directly as you can find. Check around SW facing doors, windows, tree trunks, and undersides of leaves. NOTE: Always test an inconspicuous area before spraying man-made surfaces to avoid costly staining disasters.

Reapply over the Spring or Fall as needed.

Home Remedies for Stink Bugs

•  The best home remedy to get rid of stink bugs in your house is to use blue painters tape to seal the gaps along your windows and doors so the stink bugs can’t get inside.

•  A more extreme solution is to paint your home a darker color. Brown marmorated stink bugs and box elder beetles love to bask in the heat reflecting off white or lightly colored paint.

Turn off your porch light at night. Outdoor lighting attracts more stink bugs.

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Stink Bug Lure Traps DIY

Wondering if you can just lure them with a DIY stink bug trap?

This person used a 2 liter bottle and a battery powered light to trap brown marmorated stink bugs indoors. But don’t try this outdoors unless you want a trap full of moths, which can be pollinators and considered beneficial.

Trapping brown marmorated stink bugs can be tricky because consumer pheromone technology is still in development. Beware consumer products and read reviews before purchasing.

Hopefully soon pheromone traps for BMSB will be more effective and available.

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Samurai Wasps

In 2017, researchers discovered the presence of samurai wasps (trissolcus japonicus) in the Portland area. These tiny wasps are BMSB’s natural predators. They parasitize and destroy brown marmorated stink bug eggs before they hatch.

This is great news for brown marmorated stink bug control in Oregon. Since samurai wasps naturalized from some unknown introduction, and were NOT intentionally released, there is hope they will rescue us from this invasive problem.

Stink Bug Management

The main takeaways: 

  • Brown marmorated stink bugs are a serious pest of homes and crops.
  • They disperse great distances in large numbers, but are generally a seasonal issue, so they should be tolerated where possible.
  • If you need help with integrated pest management for stink bugs, please call Pest & Pollinator LLC today.
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