How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are small, but once they make their way inside your house, they make a big presence. The best way to prevent fighting off these bugs inside your house is to start defending your home before they actually get in.

Stink bugs need a warm place to hibernate in the winter time. The best place: your home. Consequently, start treating your home in the early fall before winter hits. If you effectively seal your home up, your chances of having a stink bug infestation is greatly reduced.

Go over the entire outside of your home, looking for any cracks or holes stink bugs could come in. Use a silicone caulk to go around windows, ducts, vents, or any other small cracks. Replace torn screens. Roll up old rugs to put around the base of doors which do not make a firm seal around the door frame. Stink bugs are particularly attracted to the sunny side of your home (typically the south side). Especially focus your attention there.

Spray the top half of your home with a Cypermethrin solution, allowing the spray to run down the sides. The solution typically can be found at any hardware store. You can also go around the areas you have caulked and spray them to further reinforce your home. You can make your own spray by shredding up a pack of cigarettes into half a gallon of water and letting the solution sit for thirty minutes. Strain and add a teaspoon of dish soap before spraying. You can also combine a solution of lavender oil and water (half and half) for a better smelling spray to use.

As stink bugs feed on leafy plants, go around the outside of your home and cut back plants which are touching the sides.

If you did not prepare your house before winter hit and now have stink bugs inside, you have a challenge. But you can still get rid of them. Spray around windows, doors, cracks, vents, light fixtures, and crawl spaces. If you have an attic, make sure there are no openings in which stink bugs can come in.

Use homemade bug sprays or use a bug spray purchased from a store. If you get desperate, call an exterminator, whose professional help should be effective.

You can purchase light traps, which have lights the stink bugs are attracted to and then are locked inside. You can also set sticky traps around areas you think stink bugs are getting in. Whatever you do with them afterwards, do not smash them. They emit their fowl odor when crushed.

Suck up the stink bugs with a vacuum, but be sure to empty the bag in an outside trashcan immediately. As stink bugs are attracted to lights, turn off outdoor lights before going to bed at night.

UPDATE 1/23/11: Instead of a vacuum, this great solution was brought to our attention by one of our readers. It is called the BugZooka. Check it out.

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Jon October 4, 2010 at 2:34 am

I’m so sick of these stupid stink bugs. Sucks that they really have no natural predators. Damn things are spreading out of control.


Jane November 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

Funny, I think the same of serial rapists, mass murderers, and home invaders…


DAWN February 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm



Ty December 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

What I do is consent ly monitor my windows the get in throw AC,door crcks I kill them off with axe calon,les pencils,and extra gum I use the gum as a trap every body know bugs love sugar right so once there stuck I burn them with a lazier pointer and spray the primates with axe


Giada December 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I found three in my office and they are gross creaturs and I can’t get rid of them


Kerrie January 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

Ty, thats cruel and un-necessary to burn them. simply vaccum them up, or take a klenex and flush them down the toilet.


sean January 2, 2011 at 3:40 am

I always throw them into my fireplace and listen to their final scream


Lee January 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Spiders eat them, and so do I!!! Yum delicious :E


Joe January 6, 2011 at 12:36 am

I was siting in my chair one time and one flew onto me! I started flipping out! They are useless creatures! They dont help with anything!


shuggs January 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I don’t have any at home but, they are a pain at work…..they don’t bite they just multiply so fast and I haven’t smelt the odor I’ve heard about. You know they eat them in china, they say they taste like peppermint.


Mr stink bug January 15, 2011 at 4:16 am



Sammy January 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Ew, I hate these critters. They fly around the lights and try to land in your hair. God forbid if one does land on you, you smell their stench for hours, unless you go and change the clothing they landed on. I would really like to get rid of these pests, I’m tired of running from them, and smelling them. But the more I kill the more it seems that they multiply! UGH.


jason January 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I like to spray amonia on the door and window seals. They do not like the smell and it “helps” prevent them from entering your home. Squish Em All!


meg January 19, 2011 at 1:05 am

I am at my wits end. I have a three yr old little girl that is so scared of everything, fuzzy’s in the carpet, houseflys. Poor thing. Everytime the weather starts to break a bit and the snow melts a little, here they come!!
I killed six before lunch just in my bathroom two in my kitchen and then 2 more when I was bathing my little girl this evening. Does anyone know how to kill them for good? any one have any home remedies? I cant afford to buy an online Ebook for 25 bucks. I heard if you buy a pack of cigarettes, and crush them up and steep the tobacco in water for a while, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it where you think they are entering your home that it deters their entering. I dont know if it’s true or not, I’d really like to know something effective soon. I’m petrified of them and my little girl is too. Please someone HELP!


Admin January 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm


A couple of things we would recommend trying. We have heard positive results on all three.

First, and I just heard this from and exterminator that I bumped into at a store and started talking to, mix a little bit of Dawn dish soap with water in a spray bottle. It works great for killing the ones that you find.

Second, you might want to check out Talstar Pro. There is a link in the gray box at the top of the page. It is sold at Amazon. It’s the same stuff professional exterminators use to take care of many pests, including stink bugs.

Lastly, there is a guide for sale (not by us) at the top right corner of this page with some great tips for keeping them out.

Hope that helps you and your little girl.


Jen March 20, 2011 at 3:30 am

Laugh as you may but I am petrified of these bugs. They came in from my daughter’s window AC unit. She took down curtains and there were lots and lots of them. She vacuumed them and disposed of them (she should of flushed them). Now she cleaned her room and has found many dead ones and some live ones that have made into other rooms of the house. They hover around lights. I might have to get some of those sents for lights as they do not like strong scents.

- I have read about the folllowing home remedies:
- 1:2 ratio of essence oil and water
- 1/4 c. dawn dish soap, 1/4 c. vinegar and 1/4 c. water
herbs or herbal teas and water
- nicotine (shredded cigarettes soak in water over night) and water with a
few drops of dish soap
- light boxes – bugs get in but can’t get out
- hanging sticky traps

Alway flush and never crush as the scent released drawns more bugs.
Of course there is the insecticide with natural chemicals. I have lots of pets with dogs that do their business outside so I would need to make sure of what is used is pet safe.


Micaela September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

The Fall is coming around again and these things are starting to come in…
I absolutley hate them and really hope that using Dawn Soap against them will help…


Cassie October 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hey guys! I know stink bugs are annoying invading our houses and just when we think they’re gone, you find another one. What makes it even worse, is that if you try to kill them or startle them in some way, the smell is absolutely horrendous. It also attracts even MORE stinkbugs. I just wanted to let you in on a good way to prevent this. If you cannot get to a vacuum quick enough, if you spray them up close with hairspray, it will not only kill them, but they won’t have enough reaction time to spray their scent. Once they fall to the ground, simply flush them. I know it sounds dumb, but if you try to grab them with a paper towel or threaten them in some way, they WILL spray, it WILL smell horrible (takes forever to get the smell out) and they WILL attract more stink bugs by spraying. Just a little helpful tip!


Safety Vest December 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

Those damn bugs can be a real pest. Once they get in, you will be finding them for weeks.


Kay December 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Sounds horrible but I have large fish tank that they keep landing into. I’ve been fighting these for two winters now. They are just gross. I’ve never smelled the odor, thank goodness, but even right now my fish are nipping at these things.


Ben January 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I had one land on my face, almost in my mouth, in the middle of the night and I nearly puked because of the smell on my face..horrendous creatures…


Feeling Pathetic January 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I just had my own ordeal when I came home; an adult stinkbug was up high on the patio door, preventing me from bringing in the dogs. I paced around having a breakdown because these are the only bugs I know better than to squish. I sprayed it with cleaner, but that was way too slow (though Ill say that I removed it in 30mins) somehow I managed to get it a cup and threw it (the cup as well) into the toilet. I was screaming the entire time until I was sure it got flushed. . . I still have the shivers. Hopefully, this will help me next time when I see another.


Admin January 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Lol… :)
They are not that scary. ;)
My dog plays with them until they are dead and just leaves dead stink bugs laying around the house.


Chrsitine January 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Well i have my top floor of my home the master bedroom infested with em pesky stink bugs! I find em every now n then, and its just annoying. Im not scared of em. A good way i get rid of mine is i keep a 16 oz soda bottle with minimal soda on the bottom, with lid on. When i see a stink bug, i take the lid off and scoop the lil buggar inside, seal it up! Give it a lil shake and he dies eventually. I just collect enuff then give the bottle a toss. The soda on the bottom of the bottle keeps the bugs stench down to a low, so i can reuse it a cpl times. But i do need to do something more powerful b/c i’m getting tired of theses damn BUGS!


Denise January 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I don’t know how to get rid of them, but I DID find an easy way to catch and dispose of them….it is called a “Bugzooka” and it sucks them up without killing them, which would make them release their fowl odor. Then you simply empty them into the toilet. If you google the word “Bugzooka” you can find them for sale for about $25


Admin January 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for the info. This thing looks pretty effective. I’m trying to find a YouTube video somewhere to post here of the Bugzooka in action, but I am not having much luck. I did find it for sale at Amazon though and just placed an order for one.


Stink Bug Unibomber January 31, 2012 at 12:33 am

I’m working on scaring the species out of the country… I can’t stand bugs in my house and these are just RUDE. I mean… I’m naked… Getting out of the shower and have a hideous creature flying obnoxiously around me… I feel so violated and vulnerable. Anyway, we need to strike fear into the species. I don’t condone terrorism, but in this case…. the Bugs of Stink need to be terrorized in return for the fear they have bestowed upon me. Listen Stink Bugs, if you’re reading this… I MEAN WAR! I will kill you in such a way that your little friends will watch in horror AND you will be sealed as to not attract others. THEN, I laugh as you spin down the toilet to your doom. :)


Admin January 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

So we take it you do not like Stink Bugs? :)


Fred February 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

Clumsy little bastards they are I smash em n they don’t smell but one met it’s demise in my ash tray once and the smell is annoying to say the least it’s not like a stinky smell but like some kind of stank u might smell outside somewhere maybe like some kind of stink weed it’s really annoying and u can’t mask it


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